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Rulani Sends Message To Entire Downs Family

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena thanked the entire Masandawana family after they were crowned DStv Premiership champions.

The Brazilians secured a fifth successive league title and 12th overall after playing to a goalless draw against Cape Town City on Wednesday night.

"Firstly of course congratulations to Masandawana family, congratulations to the supporters and it's good to wrap up the title with them with us here, so I'm very happy for them," Mokwena told SuperSport after the game.

"Congratulations to the technical team, it has been a very difficult season but we grafted and put in the hours, so congratulations. Congratulations to the club, the entire club management, the Motsepe family, the Chairman, the President, the board and everybody involved.

"The support has been incredible throughout, in bad moments and good moments, we stuck together. They've given us a push throughout the season.

"But last and not least and probably the most important people is the football players, they have been magnificent this season, what they have achieved on the pitch has been incredible.

"If I talk to you about how many times we've changed systems, how many build-up schemes we've got, how many high press schemes, it's only a reflection of the quality and the intellectual capacity of our players and we're very proud of them and just honoured to be their coaches."

Mokwena was asked what was the key ingredient to them being successful again.

"Consistency, we've spoken a lot about trying to improve what we have done last season, which we have done very well. We've had a better season than what we've had last season," he continued.

"We would have liked to do better in the [CAF] Champions League but to amass the number of points we have with four games to go, the MTN8 trophy which is something that eluded us and we have to go again for the Nedbank Cup and try to focus on that.

"But the players have been incredible, the club has been extremely supportive and we can only build on from here, so huge kudos and many congratulations to this magnificent football club."

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