Mokwena on inspirational speech

MTN8 2021

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena lifted the lid on his inspirational speech inspired by the 1976 youth uprising before his side clinched a historic MTN8 title.

The Brazilians held their nerve to clinch victory over Cape Town City in Saturday's MTN8 final after a penalty shootout at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Mokwena was captured delivering an inspirational speech during extra-time to his side based on the emotive images of protests on the Soweto youth uprising back in 1976.

"I don't know what I said," Mokwena said post-match.

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"I have these crazy moments and I am sure the players looked at me and were thinking "here he goes again", I really don't know what I said but seemingly it had a reaction because the extra-time was a lot braver with more courage.

"But as I said you can give all the best speeches in the world, the game belongs to the players at the end of the day if they receive the message and they go out and fight and perform.

"Sometimes you can give the best speeches and the players are not receptive, so it doesn't matter, what matters is the performance.

"Let's not move away from the gallant fight from these Mamelodi Sundowns players, we as coaches we are just there to facilitate performance, the rest of the spotlight deserves to go to your Denis Onyango's, your Andile Jali's, your Reeva's, and even Neo Maema in how he came on.

"Peter Shalulile and to Mshishi. Themba Zwane is undoubtedly at this moment in time unplayable, you have to kick him and foul him to stop him.

"It’s good, we are in that space, we move again.

"The most important thing is a very difficult game on Wednesday.

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