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NEWS: Rulani Mokwena pours cold water on possible discussion with Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos over management of Mamelodi Sundowns stars

Head coach Rulani Mokwena has poured cold water on any communication with Bafana Bafana counterpart Hugo Broos on the possible load management of Bafana Bafana’s Mamelodi Sundowns contingent.

Rhulani Rulani Mokwena head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2023 MTN8 Semi Final 2nd Leg Mamelodi Sundowns Press Conference on the 21 September 2023 at PSL Offices in Johannesburg

Head coach Rulani Mokwena has poured cold water on any communication with Bafana Bafana counterpart Hugo Broos on the possible load management of Bafana Bafana's Mamelodi Sundowns contingent.

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Speaking with members of the media after guiding Sundowns to yet another DStv Premiership win, making it 21 wins so far – Mokwena did not want to be drawn into speaking about matters relating to the South African Football Association (SAFA).

Bafana coach Hugo Broos and Mokwena have had a nasty spat in the media where the former labeled the Sundowns mentor as the Jose Mourinho of South African football and suggested that Mokwena is “pretending to be God”, and was fuming over the lack of a medial report to substantiate the injury of some Sundowns players in March this year.

South Africa have crucial 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in June against rivals Nigeria and Southern Africa foes Zimbabwe, and Broos has named a 36-man preliminary squad with a large contingent coming from Sundowns.

The seven-time successive DStv Premiership winners had 10 players in Bafana’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

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However, Downs are set to have an extended calendar, with the reformed African Super League, the 2026 Fifa Club World Cup in the United States of America, paired with the CAF Champions League and domestic football – will all pile up the amount of games Sundowns have to play.

Asked on whether he would have a chat with Broos and knit up a plan to ease the load on the Sundowns players, as Bafana’s first set of qualifiers in 2025 are penciled down for March – Mokwena poured cold water on the idea.

“I’m not in talks with SAFA. I don’t have a relationship with the coach of SAFA, so I focus on what I can,” said Mokwena.

“I don’t want to fight nobody because once I start talking about those things, it is as though I am fighting.

“I’d rather stay out of that space and manage what I can manage, which is my players, and try my level best to make sure that they are fit, strong and that they are enjoying their football and improving,” Mokwena added. 

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