Makaab believes Rhulani condemned himself and should have “said less” to after Sundowns Champions league exit

Written by on 29 April, 2024

By Ayanda Nyuswa

Gagasi FM Sports specialist Mike Makaab believes Rhulani Mokwena should have been more “quiet and silent” after Mamelodi Sundowns’ exit in the CAF Champions league, as he believes the coach said too much and condemned himself after the loss. Sundowns suffered back-to-back 1-0 defeats (2-0 on Aggregate) against Tunisian giants Esperance in the Semi finals of the CAF Champions League, prolonging their long wait for a second Champions League title.

Sundowns will turn their attention to DSTV Premiership action as they will host TS Galaxy at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Monday night, just three days after their tough second leg against Esperance. The Brazilians also have the Nedbank Cup semi finals to look forward to, as they will travel to the Western Cape to face an in form Stellenbosch FC team.

Downs coach Rhulani Mokwena spoke at length about his sides exit in the champions league touching on various talking points including his decision to start Themba Zwane on the bench in the second leg, his future at the club and the ambitions he still has of bringing that elusive second champions league title to Chloorkop. Speaking on extratime on Gagasi FM Mike Makaab believes the Sundowns coach seems to be condemning himself despite doing so well in his short time as the sole head coach at the club.

“The only thing that I am suprised about is some of the utterances that are made by the coach because it is almost as if he is condemning himself for not achieving what he believes he should’ve achieved. I think he has done well, I think that it’s impossible to be expected to win everything irrespective of how good the football club and the football coach is,” said Makaab.

“I would’ve thought that the best thing to have done would’ve been for him to be pretty silent and quite on this whole matter now and just focus on the way forward. I sometimes feel his emotions get the better of him and he just says a little bit too much in front of the media. Once you do that with media they will tear you apart, they will find every little weakness in what you have said and they will applify it, so the best to say is less,” Makaab concluded.

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