The Johannesburg-born tactician, still unbeaten in 20 league games as the Head Coach, is excited about his side’s quest for an unprecedented seventh-straight Premier Soccer League title in the upcoming season.
“As the saying goes, history has no blank pages. The opportunity to secure a seventh league title holds immense significance for the entire Yellow Nation family. What we have achieved already goes beyond talent, capacity and opportunity; it’s a testament to our proactive thinking, a principle that Sundowns has constantly embraced. We are determined to write our names into the history books and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come,”Coach Mokwena stated. Preparations for the new season have been thorough, consisting of three intensive phases that culminated in a pre-season tour of the Netherlands. Coach Rulani expressed his delight with his side’s unbeaten record, having secured three victories and one draw against high-quality opposition during the tour.
During the pre-season tour of the Netherlands, Coach Rulani had the opportunity to integrate some of the recruits, with Costa (scoring two goals) and Maseko both finding the back of the net in the win against Sparta Rotterdam and the draw against KAA Gent.
“With the addition of newly signed players, we had the opportunity to experiment with new techniques from a tactical perspective. What excites me the most about these players is the different dimensions they bring to the team as we approach the new season. Their unique skills and attributes have added depth and versatility to our squad,”Mokwena added.
When asked about which competition or opponents he is looking forward to the most, the Sundowns coach stated, “We have seen how teams in the league and on the continental stage have made substantial investments in both playing and coaching capacities. Nevertheless, our primary focus remains on ourselves, as we strive to set even higher standards and constantly improve. This quest for excellence stimulates consistency and we are determined to approach each match with dedication and determination.”
In his message to the supporters ahead of the new season, Coach Rulani states, “They should look forward to an improved team and we have high expectations for the players to show significant progress in every aspect of their game. With the additional reinforcements, we now have various options to explore in our playing style. Our primary objective is to win games whilst entertaining our supporters with attacking football. Therefore, we urge them to come out in large numbers on match days, as their presence will be instrumental throughout the season.” Coach Rulani Mokwena and his troops are geared up for a season filled with numerous opportunities to further etch their names into the history books. From the league battles to the intense cup showdowns, the pursuit of perfection remains the vision embraced by everyone associated with the Yellow Nation family.
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