Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena broke his silence on reports linking Khuliso Mudau to English Premier League side, Burnley FC.

Mudau has recently emerged as a transfer target for England’s Burnley for this coming summer window period.

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“It’s a very difficult question you are asking me because the Sundowns coach says Sailor [Khuliso Mudau] is going nowhere because I’m very selfish,” Mokwena told the media.

“We need our best players, and we are not a selling club, and that’s very clear.

“But the human being understands that life is about growth and there is a target for players. It is the same way that I dealt with Cassius’ (Mailula) situation.

“As difficult as it was for us to let go of Cassius, but when there is a big opportunity and possibility for growth, and it makes sense to all parties, Sundowns included, then yeah.”


“But I can’t entertain it at the moment because it just talks and there’s nothing on the table at the moment.

“Sailer is an unbelievable player, he’s an incredible human being. He’s so kind-hearted. He’s a very, very important part of our team.

“So it’s difficult to entertain those types of talk because it is just talk. and there’s nothing to conclude.

“So if I answered it only as a Sundowns coach, I would say hands off. It’s very difficult. It’s the same way as you going to Manchester City and asking for Walker. So It’s very difficult.”

Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana right-back Khuliso Mudau has opened up about his transformation from his time at Black Leopards to fighting for Championships. 

Mudau is in his third season at Mamelodi Sundowns and has already won two DStv Premiership titles, MTN8, and a Nedbank Cup title. 

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He has also featured more than 73 times for Masandawana in all competitions, including the CAF Champions League. 

His performances have also seen him being rewarded with a call up to Hugo Broos Bafana Bafana squad regularly. 

The 27-year-old was commonly known to be a central midfielder at Leopards. It was during the departure of Marks Munyai to now-defunct Highlands Park that Mudau got an opportunity to play at right back. He has never looked back since then. 

“Obviously I used to play for Black Leopards, it was tough that side we were fighting for relegation,” he said during a media briefing ahead of the Champions League tie with Al Ahly on Saturday. 

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Khuliso Mudau talks on his transformation 
Mamelodi Sundowns defender Khuliso Mudau talks on his transformation 

Khuliso Mudau up to the Mamelodi Sundowns challenge 

“But when you come to Mamelodi Sundowns, obviously you are going to play Champions League. Nedbank Cup, MTN 8, and all those competitions. So, the mentally obviously needs to be readjusted to these kinds of levels. 

“So I think I did adjust a lot. Every time I go inside that pitch I want to learn and make sure that I help the team also,” added the former Magesi player. 

“I need to help the team first. Make sure that I am doing very well. When I get an opportunity to make sure I help the team every time.”

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Mudau had also been called up to the Bafana Bafana preliminary squad for the back to back qualifiers against Liberia. South Africa will take on the Liberians on 24 March at Orlando Stadium and 28 March in Liberia. 

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