Sundowns Coach Rulani Defends Onyango After Red Card

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has talked in defence of his goalkeeper Denis Onyango after the former Uganda Cranes captain was sent off on Saturday.

Onyango was given a straight red card after he brought down Tshegofatso Nyama outside the box to deny him a goal scoring opportunity.

Despite Onyango’s late red card, Sundowns held on to beat newcomers Sekhukhune United 2-0 at Tuks Stadium.

“These things happen in football. Denis will remain Denis. Its important for him to check and analyse. I always say to people that there is five mistakes or six before an actual mistake that we see and at times we only focus on the final product,” Rulani told SuperSport.

“There was a build-up of elements and even in that moment, there was a back pass. We tried to get the back pass of Grant kekana and we got to the back pass of Mosa (Lebusa). Before Kekana passed to Mosa, Mosa was trying to pass to a striker. He then had to react a but because he was under pressure.

“This is the price that we pay for being a side that plays from the back and a team that build situations from the back. we have to cut out the mistakes because we have to get to the level where we are competing for the CAF Champions league.”

Neo Mamema opened the scores for Sundowns when he fired into the roof from close range in the 20th minute.

Sundowns doubled the advantage in the second half when Themba Zwane bundled home from the spot after a controversial penalty.



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