Rulani extends support to goalkeeper Denis Onyango following howler


Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena has thrown his support behind goalkeeper Denis Onyango following a costly error in a draw against SuperSport United on Wednesday.

Sundowns conceded for the first time this season when their Tshwane rivals scored twice in a 2-2 draw in a DStv Premiership clash at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

Onyango made two costly errors for both goals as the Brazilians threw away a 2-0 halftime lead.

Kabo Yellow went into Wednesday's clash with 10 consecutive clean sheets before both Gamphani Lungu and Tebogo Mokoena scored.

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"Football is a game of mistakes and unfortunately when you are a goalkeeper it is understanding yours might be costlier than many of the other players on the pitch," Mokwena said.

"But the reality is Denis is Denis, Denis is a top goalkeeper.

"As they say 'one swallow doesn't make a summer," this is part of the game.

"He has got our support, we will show corrections and analyse the game like we always do even when we win we try to get lessons and try to improve and even in difficult moments like today, it was a difficult moment.

"We will still do our corrections and analyse, and that's for everybody and not only Denis.

"But I know the state of football when you make a mistake you become a scapegoat and we need to refrain from that as to how many times he has helped us when we had these clean sheets and records we were setting, and a lot had to do with Denis.

"So let's not be quick to forget, let's appreciate, let's love our players, appreciate their efforts in both good and bad moments," Mokwena added.