Record-breaking Mamelodi Sundowns deserve their flowers - Rulani Mokwena

Record-breaking Mamelodi Sundowns deserve their flowers - Rulani Mokwena

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has reflected on his side eclipsing an 18-year-old Premier Soccer League record previously set by Kaizer Chiefs in 2005.

The Brazilians beat Stellenbosch FC 3-1 in a DStv Premiership encounter at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday evening to extend their unbeaten run to 32 matches, which is now the best by any team in a 16-team domestic league.

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Mokwena applauded his charges’ record run and appealed that this feat not be treated as something normal, while calling for front-page treatment from national newspapers.

"Super proud. Super, super, super proud. Unfortunately, I'm the type of person not to celebrate too much because there's a very important game for us on the weekend," reacted Mokwena.

"But I'm super, super, super proud. The record you are talking about has been standing for almost 20 years. If we went for another two more years, it would have been two decades that record had not been broken.

"And it was a super team that had that record – a very, very good side, and so [it's] unbelievable. I speak about this group not getting enough plaudits and praise.

"Tomorrow, all the newspapers must have, 'The record-breaking...' – it's not a back-page story, it's a front-page story. Their pictures as a group, as a team, it's front-page stories."

The win over Stellies was also the defending league champions’ eighth in a row since the start of the 2023/24 DStv Premiership campaign.

Downs are the only side still boasting a 100 percent record this season – a feat Mokwena insists is the result of hard work behind the scenes.

"They deserve it because, to do what they are doing, they are relentless. Be focussed, persevere, these are the traits of championship-winning teams," he added.

"What they've demonstrated is incredible, whilst still trying to play the right way, which is the way we think football should be played. 

"So, massive congratulations and we'll try to do things that will echo in eternity."

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