Rulani: We've warned the players

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena speaks to players during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on September 18, 2022.
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena speaks to players during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on September 18, 2022.
Lefty Shivambu

Co-head coach Rulani Mokwena has issued a stern warning to his Mamelodi Sundowns players on what is proving to be an unpredictable start to the season so far.

Four wins from their last five games however have placed the DStv Premiership defending champions at the top of the standings with a five-point advantage over second placed Orlando Pirates, who have a game in hand.

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For  all their dominance, Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena has revealed that he's warned the club's players against complacency, taking into account the congested fixture due to the upcoming 2022 Qatar World Cup.

"It’s going to be a very long season, a difficult season and what we’ve said to the players is: it’s not going to be a season where you want to catch up with the points because the improvement from the [rest of the] squads this season is gigantic," Mokwena told journalists.

"A lot of the squads and the depth in those squads is not so big and therefore you can see even with the results, how difficult it is for teams to consistently chalk in two wins, three wins on the trot."

Mamelodi Sundowns will return to competitive action when they take on Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 semi-finals on 1 October.

"That’s what we have to continue to do, we have to continue to try to win football matches, we are in that space. Of course If we don’t win matches that’s a failure for the club. We are in this business to win," Mokwena added.

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