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Rulani Refuses To Single Out Players For Blame After Big Loss

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena did not want to lay the blame on any individual player following their 3-0 defeat to Stellenbosch.

The Brazilians rang the changes for their final home game of the season, which did not work in their favour after losing at the TUKS Stadium on Saturday.

Mokwena praised the support they got in the stadium, but refused to blame goalkeeper Ricardo Goss who got a rare start on the day.

"We have to appreciate their love and support, they came out in their numbers today but unfortunately a humbling result and the one that we'll take," Mokwena told SuperSport after the game.

"I'm sure he [Goalkeeper Ricardo Goss] feels like all of us, we lose as a team, we win as a team. Look the first goal we shouldn't concede because it's a standard situation, just over our centre-backs.

"We concede and then we have to open up a little bit. We have the responsibility to play with more intensity, with a higher line and get a bit closer.

"But ja well we're very bad losers in this team but we'll get there, we'll analyse, check our mistakes and we'll improve and get better."

When asked if the loss will affect their mindset heading to the Nedbank Cup final, he added, "Ja very difficult one, good that we got this one [out of the way] that says 'wakey-wakey, you're not invincible', we move on. Two important games. It's very important to end the season well, with a good winning feeling and then to the final and lift the trophy and give it to this deserving crowd because they have been magnificent, even today.

"Normally our supporters sulk a little bit but today they were magnificent because we conceded one and conceded two and they kept on shouting, screaming and supporting us.

"So it's a pity we couldn't win the match but we take it and move on, we take it as preparation for the next two games."

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