Rulani: Even in the 97th minute, we got a goal!

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 18: Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images),
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 18: Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images),

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena says the late win over AmaZulu was a message for the rest of the league.

The Brazilian defeated Usuthu 1-0 courtesy of a stoppage time winner by Marcelo Allende on Sunday evening.

The Brazilians had the best chance of the first stanza but Themba Zwane was denied by the crossbar.

Read: Sundowns sink AmaZulu with late winner

The Sundowns tactician claims Sundowns were the only side prepared to play on the day, which happens in most of their games.

"Well it's a bit difficult because, I say to you all the time, there's only one team that's prepared to play," Mokwena told SuperSport TV.

"AmaZulu in all the games that they have played, have played a 4-3-3 with three strikers on top and today they played only with one, with 'Gaba' [Gabadinho Mhango] and with [Dumisani] Zuma a little bit closer.

"And a five-man defensive line, so, ja. We have the responsibility sometimes to make sure we're a little bit aggressive, we had the first big chance in the first-half with 'Mshishi'.

"He did everything right he could have scored and if you don't score that one, then the game keeps on going the way the way keeps going and then it's very difficult," he explained.

"But congratulations to our boys and that also sends a message to all the opponents that we've got a goal, it doesn't matter how long it takes for us to score but we've got a goal.

"Even in the 95th, 96th, 97th minute we've got a goal, so congratulations to the players for a very good mentality."

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