Mokwena hits out at 'disrespectful' Kermit Erasmus in ongoing dispute

Rulani Mokwena
Rulani Mokwena

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has labeled former striker Kermit Erasmus' recent behaviour as "disrespectful" in their ongoing dispute following an on-field altercation in the Carling Black Label Cup final.

During Saturday's one-sided final the pair were seen in a heated debate following defender Tapelo Xoki's red card for an ugly challenge on Sundowns midfielder Haashim Domingo.

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"I think I’m going to speak about it for the very last time," Mokwena told Robert Marawa's Marawa Sports Show.

"The reason I'm going do that is because Kermit sent me a message, I think just after 10 pm, and we exchanged texts. I think it ended right there.

"What I will say is that when I look at the sequence of events. I look at him scoring a fantastic goal against us in Polokwane, I look at the celebration and how borderline it was, and possibly even lacking respect for Sundowns and maybe even going towards our supporters.

Kermit Erasmus of Orlando Pirates celebrates goal

Striker Kermit Erasmus celebrating in front of Mamelodi Sundowns supporters.

"I then listened to some of the interviews that he’s done and some of the things he said, some of which were incorrect and borderline disrespectful towards not just the club and fans but also the Motsepe family and for what the club has done for him."
Rulani Mokwena

"The of course the event on the touchline.

"Because one, it was a tackle that was made on someone who I thought was a very close friend of his while they were teammates.

"Haashim Domingo and Kermit for me, while they were together on the pitch and in the squad were quite close to each other, and my reaction to the tackle was not even to the tackle.

"It was towards Zakhele Lephasa who started clapping towards Tapelo Xoki, as if to encourage that sort of behaviour. And funny enough Zakhele Lepasa came to me after and said coach, I apologise because I am also the victim of a career-threatening injury."

Early reports suggest that Domingo suffered no serious injury to his ankle following the Xoki challenge with Sundowns yet to provide a full injury report.