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How Rulani Mokwena plans to navigate busy schedule 

Mamelodi Sundowns mentor Rulani Mokwena has explained how his side plans to navigate their busy schedule. 

Bafana Ba Style are set for a busy schedule, with many worried about how the team will be affected by the fixture congestion.

Masandawana will be taking part in the DStv Premiership, Carling Knockout Cup, CAF Champions League, and the African Football League this month. 

However, Mokwena seems to have figured out how to deal with the pressure, as a busy schedule has become an issue in modern-day football. 


“The first thing is to make sure that the recovery is very good between the games and that’s the most important thing,” said Mokwena. 

“We have set up a little bit of a task team within our technical team to make sure we work on that. But also, we just have to go game by game you know. 

“It sounds cliché but the reality of that is to focus on one game at a time and try to win every single game you are about to play and that each and every player is ready for that.”

Mamelodi Sundowns players putting hard work at training session.
Mamelodi Sundowns players putting hard work at training session

The 36-year-old Sundowns coach went on to state that they don’t want to “get ahead of themselves”, as there is a lot invested in every single match. 

“But I can’t get too far ahead of myself. That’s the beauty of being head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns. You got to focus on the next fixture because there’s so much that goes into it,” he added. 

“One fixture has got so much work to do in terms of planning for the training sessions. Also, one-on-one meetings with the players for every fixture, and watching the opposition’s games about four to five games. 

“And if I have time, I watch many six or seven games with the rest of the technical team and the analyst which is an incredible amount of work. That’s why it’s so important that we take it game by game and not get too far ahead of ourselves.” 


Sundowns’ next game will be against TS Galaxy in the Carling Black Label Knockout clash on Wednesday, 18 October 2023. 

The game will kick off at 19:30 at Mbombela Stadium. 

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