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Downs Coach Responds To Doubters After Lifting Title

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena has responded to those who though having three coaches would not work.

Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqithi were appointed as co-coaches after Pitso Mosimane's departure, while they also brought in Steve Komphela as an assistant.

Under the trio's guidance, Sundowns lifted the inaugural DStv Premiership title and Mokwena says this is a foundation as they look to clinch the CAF Champions League crown.

"Covid was a huge one, a very strange season, a season where because of Covid we had to rotate the team a little bit and sometimes you lose a little bit of rhythm, that fluidity at times and trying to maintain the quality in and amongst the changes has been a major challenge," Mokwena told SuperSport when asked about the challenges this season

"Having a bit of an inflated squad also has been difficult, we couldn't trim the squad because of Covid, you need the numbers, the quality and the depth. But we've done exceptionally well to set a good foundation.

"Because that's what it was, our first season we needed to set the foundation and hopefully we build on from this, it's very important to not only go for the Grand Slam, which is the league title but to fight for the CAF Champions League next season and try and get the big one.

"Ja, not easy [composition of a new technical team] but I think the fact that a lot of people thought it would not work, the fact that we had a lot of detractors allowed us to push a little bit, motivate ourselves and work even harder," he continued.

"It was a season where we knew that 100 percent is not enough, we need 115, maybe sometimes 200 percent, because we knew as a technical team we had to be twice as good.

"Twice as good because sometimes particularly when you're working against, or you're running or swimming against the tide, you know you've got to be twice as good to finish the race," he added.

Scroll through the gallery below to see Downs' title celebrations..


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