Tebza: What Shocked Me When I Joined Downs

Teboho Mokoena of Mamelodi Sundowns alongside Ronwen Williams and Rulani Mokwena.
Teboho Mokoena of Mamelodi Sundowns alongside Ronwen Williams and Rulani Mokwena.

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teboho Mokoena has suggested that it’s disrespectful to label the PSL a ‘farmers league’ just because the club is dominating the premiership.

Mokoena was one of the big signings made by Sundowns from SuperSport in January 2022 and although he initially struggled to break into the team, he is having a good season so far with 22 appearances in all competitions already, including 17 starts in 18 league games before the Brazilians' midweek encounter against TS Galaxy.

The Bafana Bafana midfielder has credited 'good coaching and hard work' for his form at Sundowns and revealed that the attention to detail that the coaching staff makes caught him by surprise after he made the switch from crosstown rivals Matsatsantsa.

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Mokoena says he was shocked when he found the club analyzing training sessions.

"Honestly there's no secret behind my performance, it's hard work and good coaching," the 26-year old said in an interview on Marawa Sports Worldwide.

"It was a better move for me. It's a stepping stone for me from SuperSport to Sundowns. Chloorkop is too much quality, I'm not saying there's no quality at SuperSport but it's a step up for me. 

"The hard work we put behind closed doors, we do a lot of analysis, we analyze our training sessions. When I got there I was like, 'Ah, we analyze training sessions here? h it's going to be a be a long season for me'. It's a lot of things that make a player improve at Sundowns," he said.

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The former SuperSport anchorman went on to address accusations that the Brazilians are having it easy in the DStv Premiership because the league, labelled a 'farmers league' in some quarters, is not competitive.

The Bethlehem native says the supporters who call the PSL a 'farmers league' are not aware of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, individually and collectively. 

"He (Rulani Mokwena) watches one game four times, so you can imagine. Even the training sessions, we watch together, we analyze together, we make corrections together after the games. In every game we play, every player has corrections," he revealed.

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"You have to go home and watch your games so that you can analyze the next day, so there's a lot of work to do at Sundowns.

"We do a lot of work behind closed doors that's why they call it 'famers league' but no it's not a farmers league. We work so hard that people think it's too easy for us," he said.

"They don't know the coaching we get behind closed doors, the lifestyle we live because you have to be more disciplined," he added.

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