Rulani: There is an element of truth to it

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has sensationally confirmed allegations of a fallout between the club's coaching trio that has rocked local football.

A recent report by Soccer Laduma suggested that the coaching trio had a fractious relationship filled with allegations of creative differences and disagreements, despite lifting the inaugural DStv Premiership title last season.

According to the report, the differences of opinion was threatening to destabilise the club with Sundowns management needing to step in to prevent any friction from escalating further.

Speaking ahead of a highly-anticipated DStv Premiership clash against Kaizer Chiefs at the weekend, Mokwena sensationally confirmed that there were elements of truth to the allegations.

"I read the article, and was expected this question already," Mokwena said.

"It's difficult one to answer, it's also difficult to come across as not being honest. But at the same time also to protect the club as we've got a very, very big game at the weekend.

"Our focus and our energies must be on that.

"But also in the corner of my brain, there's also the need to clarify some of the things and it's a pity because sometimes some of the things come out and you're like 'oh my goodness, how did this get out.

"That is probably the biggest issue, having a mole and having people that report certain things to the media.

"We shouldn't have people in our club that go about that sort of behaviour and that should not be allowed.

"In any organisation, any household if ever there are any relations of course there is going to be one or two squabbles or disagreements.

"Those should not be blown out of proportion. You know I get disappointed personally when I am on the other side and to be honest with you maybe this question should be posed to coach Manqoba Mngqithi.

"Because what was reported in the media there is an element of truth to it, but for me, the coach apologised and we move on

"It's important for Mamelodi Sundowns to move on and I have nothing further to add."

When appointed, Mngqithi was placed as the decision-maker between himself and Mokwena with Steve Komphela recruited as a senior assistant.

It was also rumoured that the fractious relationship between the three coaches had even led to Komphela being on the brink of joining Orlando Pirates.

Sundowns host Chiefs in a must-watch league clash on Sunday afternoon at Loftus Versveld Stadium.

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