Rulani makes surprise Baxter admission


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has made a surprising admission about his Kaizer Chiefs counterpart Stuart Baxter ahead of this weekend's clash.

The reigning DStv Premiership champions are set to take part in one of the league's most tantalising fixtures this weekend when Masandawana go head-to-head with potential title rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

Ahead of the match, Sundowns co-coach Mokwena temporarily put rivalries aside when he revealed his admiration for Amakhosi coach Baxter, who he described as being a role model to him.

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"I have huge respect and admiration for coach Stuart," Mokwena said. "I think he knows that.

"We've had a lot of discussions, a lot of meetings for breakfast or coffee to discuss football and in fact, at times I'm even in awe of the amount of wisdom and knowledge [he has] that goes even beyond football.

"There's a very good rapport and a very good feeling between the two of us. I also don't think he would have invited me to join Bafana at a certain stage. He was the coach that extended an invite to me when I was at Pirates, saying 'Look I'd love to work with you.'

"I don't think he would have done that if our relations were not so good. So, there's huge respect, I look up to him.

"I admire him for the career he's had and the success he's achieved and he's one of the people I take as role models. I also have the same view of football as him, so in relation to that, there is quite a lot that brings us together."

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