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Downs’ Rulani Mokwena says: Hard work, not fame, win titles

01 May 2022 | 13:05 | Football

Co-coach Mamelodi Sundown Rulani Mokwena said his faction has declared DStv Premiership title through working hard and getting the right results, not through their reputation.

On Wednesday, the Downs were crowned league champions for the fifth year in a row following a 0-0 draw with Cape Town City FC. On Saturday night, they advanced to the Nedbank Cup final after beating Royal AM 2-1 at Chatsworth Stadium.

Mokwena admits their priority this season is to win the CAF Champions League above all as the club have won the league title four times in a row.

“The reality is we want to win the CAF Champions League first and that’s where we should start, but it’s important to understand that you don’t win the championship just because you’ve won it four times or just because you’ve won before,” Mokwena told the club’s website.

“You win it because you earn it 30+ games in the season, there’s no league championship a team plays, and for some weird reason they win the championship because of fame and name. At their age, there’s a lot of work to be done, there needs to be a lot of consistency.”

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Their win over Royal AM, set up by goals from Aubrey Modiba and Pavol Safranko, put them on the list for a treble, which later clinched the championship and the MTN8 Cup.

“Sometimes with a cup game you have four or five games and you can’t play as well as you can but you get results and sometimes you need a little bit of luck to do that. You won the tournament, you won’t win too many matches if you don’t show your best,” Mokwena added.

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