Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has insisted that Stellenbosch FC deserved to go through to the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup.

Steve Barker‘s troops have dumped Mokwena’s side out of the Nedbank Cup after a 2-1 win at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening. Thanks to Iqraam Rayners second half brace.

The relegation-threatened team in the DStv Premiership table produced a major upset to the defending champions to join Orlando Pirates (who have beaten Dondol Stars) in the last four as they bid to reach the final.


Mokwena believes that his team deserved to bid farewell to the tournament, as Stellies preyed upon two sloppy strange mistakes by Tebogo Mokoena and Mothobi Mvala, which resulted in two winning goals for Stellies.

Masandawana coach also stood firm that the Cape Town-based club were the better team on the pitch.

Rulani Mokwena reacts to Mamelodi Sundowns' Nedbank Cup Exit:
Rulani Mokwena reacts to Mamelodi Sundowns’ Nedbank Cup Exit


“Let’s just congratulate Stellenbosch and wish them all the best for the rest of the cup,” Mokwena told SuperSport TV after the match.

“Today we didn’t deserve to win and that’s a competitive sport, if someone is better than you, you put your hands up, congratulate them and wish them all the best.

“They (Stellenbosch) were not that much better, but they were better. We lost a lot of the duels today, from the first minute, but it’s okay we go, and as I said, congratulations to Stellenbosch and wish them all the best.”

“Congratulations to the opponents, to coach Steve Barker, his technical team and the players, we wish them all the best. We are humble and gracious also in moments where we are defeated, we wish them the best.”

The Tshwane giants will now have to swiftly shift their focus to the CAF Champions League. They face Algerian side, CR Belouizdad in the quarter-finals on Saturday, 22 April at the Nelson Mandela Stadium at 21h00.


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