Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Sipho Mbule has praised coach Rulani Mokwena for elevating his game at the Tshwane giants
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Sipho Mbule has showered coach Rulani Mokwena with praise, saying he is one of the managers who believe in him.
Mbule was one of the star players for the DStv Premiership champions, Sundowns this past season as he delivered fantastic displays.
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The Free State-born creative attacker joined Sundowns from SuperSport United just before the end of the 2022/23 season but managed to adjust to the demands of playing for the Tshwane giants.
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In his debut campaign for the Chllorkop-based Sundowns, Mbule won the hearts of Masandawana fans and now reviews his performances.
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Speaking to Robert Marawa via the Marawa Sports Worldwide show this week, Mbule said it’s rare to find a lot of people who believe in his abilities as a footballer and Mokwena is just that kind of a coach.
Together with the likes of Teboho Mokoena, Themba Zwane, and Ronwen Williams among others, Mbule was key in Mokwena’s squad as they wrapped up a sixth league crown.
“You don’t find a lot of people who believe in you. Like maybe for me, I haven’t found a lot of people who believe in me the way he does,” Mbule said about his coach.
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“Because I know every time I do something wrong I’ll get something from him — he’ll tell me I can do better than that, or ‘Why couldn’t you do this or that?’
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The gifted Bafana Bafana midfielder added that the former Orlando Pirates mentor is someone who pushes his players to deliver to the best of their abilities.
He continued to state that he sometimes doubted his abilities on the field of play but the astute tactician showed faith in his talents.
“It pushes me every day and makes me realise how great I am. And sometimes I’m not aware of the things I can do,” he added.
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“But with the work and corrections he does, he’ll call you in the evening and say, ‘Did you watch this game? This happened’.
“And it will be up to you whether you listen to him or take it [badly]. I think I have been listening to him and getting the advice I need.”
Despite missing out on lifting the CAF Champions League, MTN8 and the Nedbank Cup trophies, Mokwena and his men managed to win the league with seven matches to spare.
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