Rulani Mokwena calls for fair play from Orlando Pirates in MTN8 final

Rulani Mokwena calls for fair play from Orlando Pirates in MTN8 final

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has called for fair play ahead of their MTN8 final against defending champions Orlando Pirates on Saturday evening.

The Brazilians mentor says fixtures against the Buccaneers have a habit of leaving his side with casualties. 

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Mokwena wants to witness an encounter with fewer contentious incidents.

"Hopefully it's a very good game of football, without the harassment of referees, the physicality of tackles that are over the top.

"You know, almost every game we lose a player against Pirates with a very severe injury – Haashim Domingo in the Carling Black Label [Cup], [Abbubeker] Nessir is still not here because of the situation with [Siyabonga] Mpontshane.

"In the last game [in September], [Nkosinathi] Sibisi took Marcello [Allende] out on the halfway line with a studs-up two-footed tackle, and Marcello hasn't really recovered from that.

"So I'm hoping for a game that doesn't have too much of those, and we have more football, and people are able to talk about the football and less about the 'handbags' – things on the periphery."

Mokwena is chasing a first domestic cup trophy – outside the league title – as Sundowns’ sole head coach since his appointment 12 months ago, later followed by a four-year contract, but he knows Pirates won’t be slouches. 

"Of course, it's a difficult opponent with some very good players on the pitch, and an opponent playing its third cup final as a group," he acknowledged.

"So, we know and we understand the magnitude of the assignment, and we have to go for it as well."

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