Mokwena hails Downs' big performance


Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena was full of praise for the entire group of players and technical staff after their 2-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs.

Grant Kekana scored his maiden goal for the Brazilians in the first half and Peter Shalulile wrapped up the points in the second.

Mokwena hailed the performance of the players, while also crediting the technical staff for doing a thorough analysis on Chiefs.

"Not easy. Credit to the entire team, to the technical staff. A very good team performance, even with the subs coming in you could see the intensity and the willingness to assist the team to win the game. Congratulations to Sundowns, strong, powerful performance," Mokwena told SuperSport TV.

"We worked a bit on different schemes in preparation for the different flexibility because Stuart Baxter is a top coach. He's watched us. He's prepared very well. We worked hard and the result goes to show.

"Big performance from the players. Big, big performance. And all the teams all over the world have to show discipline and character and intensity and good fight and that's what we did today."

The Masandawana mentor was then asked about talk of friction among the coaching trio, but asserted that the dust has already settled in that regard.

"The elephant is out of the room," he said. "It's old news. We move. The talking is done on the pitch and I think the players did the talking. Top performance. I just have to single out Denis Onyango. Football's a team game but big, big save when it was 1-0 allowed us to have the momentum and go for the kill. Thats why he's one of the best in the world and one of the best on the African continent."

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