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Rulani Mokwena gives update on injured Peter Shalulile

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has provided the latest update on their injured striker Peter Shalulile.

The Namibian forward was forced off in the 73rd minute when the Brazilians hammered Golden Arrows 4-0 on 15 August at the Lucas Moripe Stadium. This was after suffering a hamstring injury and he has already sat out two games.

This comes when they are desperate for his services after the club sold Cassius Mailula to Toronto FC in the MLS. Meanwhile, the Ethiopian forward Abbubeker Nasir has also been watching from the stands due to an ankle injury.

And Thapelo Morena, the utility player, who can also play as a number nine is also out with a hamstring. 

Mokwena says it’s difficult to anticipate when their talisman will return seeing how his body has responded to injuries before. He recalled when the 29-year-old was supposed to sit out almost the whole season in the last campaign after going under the knife but came back earlier than expected.


“It’s difficult to predict with Peter because he’s a got a different mentality, his body is also built a little bit differently,” said Mokwena.

“So, sometimes you think three, four weeks but then he comes back a bit faster. 

Rulani Mokwena gives update on injured Peter Shalulile
Peter Shalulile and Rulani Mokwena

“You saw last season when he was supposed to be out for almost the entire season. He actually came back a lot faster than we anticipated. So, we have to go day by day with Peter.”

Mokwena was speaking after his side came out victorious with a 1-0 scoreline over Richards Bay FC in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday at the King Zwelithini Stadium. Junior Mendieta scored the only goal of the match, opening his account at Sundowns.

The Tshwane giants have won all their five opening games. And they remain the only side to have done so this season. Further, they haven’t suffered a defeat since Mokwena took over as sole head coach.

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