Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena was not happy with the circumstances that led to his team’s elimination from the Carling Knockout Cup by TS Galaxy on Wednesday.
The defending champions lost 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in regulation time at Mbombela Stadium.
Sundowns faced multiple challenges
Mokwena lamented the fact that his side had to play a day after the FIFA break, without their Bafana Bafana players and several injured stars.
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He also pointed out that they had a red card for Bongani Zungu, who broke Bernard Parker’s leg with a reckless tackle.
“Who cares that you are 2-0 down, and you are 10 men.”
“Who cares that you play the day after – and you tell me of any club in the world, any club, I’m waiting – a day after the FIFA break.”
“Who cares that you have the Footballer of the Season not here, that you have the Goalkeeper of the Year not here, who cares that you have the Defender of the Year, who cares?” Mokwena said.
Galaxy stun Sundowns with early goals
TS Galaxy, who famously beat Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup final in 2019, stunned Sundowns with two early goals from Lindokuhle Mbatha and Mxolisi Macuphu.
The visitors fought back with goals from Marcelo Allende and Gaston Sirino, who scored in injury time to force the shootout.
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However, Galaxy goalkeeper saved two penalties to send his team to the semi-finals.
Sundowns shift focus to Africa
Mokwena said he accepted God’s decision and trusted his wisdom.
He also said he was proud of his players for showing character and resilience.
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Sundowns will now travel to Angola , here, they will face Petro de Luanda in the newly-formed African Football League.