Downs respond to Shalulile, Ahly talk

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has responded to speculation that Pitso Mosimane is keen to lure Peter Shalulile to Al Ahly while addressing interest in his own services too.

Shalulile, 27, has emerged as Sundowns attacking talisman this season and one of the first names on the teamsheet as he's featured in all but three games across all competitions.

His relentless work ethic and ability to hold up play has earned widespread plaudits across the continent and with 15 goals and seven assists in only 28 games - it's been reported in Egyptian media that Mosimane wants him in Cairo.

The Red Devils boss signed Shalulile from Highlands Park before resigning at Masandawana in September 2020 but Mokwena has dismissed that the player will be leaving anytime soon.

"Peter Shalulile, hogwash, absolute hogwash, he has a contract at Sundowns, people have to pay big money for Peter Shalulile, [he's] not available," Mokwena said adamantly before discussing speculation around his own future.

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"Bafana Bafana, is a difficult one. Up North, Bafana, there's a lot of speculation but I have a four-year contract here and my focus is only on Mamelodi Sundowns. At this moment I don't pay attention to all of this.

"Fortunately I'm not the decision-maker because it's going to be a very difficult process, our football needs a little bit of an uplift and it's not easy to map out a direction and continuously give hope to people.

"We continuously come up with these visions, 2020, vision 2022, vision 2026 - eventually, people start losing hope and as leaders of South African football it's important not to allow people to lose hope in us.

"There this appointment and the way they have to map up the direction for South African football is very important and fortunately, I'm not in the position with that responsibility because it's an enormous responsibility."

When pressed to offer a comment on the reported interest from Wydad Casablanca, Rulani responded: "No comment, I'm extremely happy at Mamelodi Sundowns, very happy at the club and I have a four-year contract, just like Peter Shalulile."

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