TS Galaxy head coach Sead Ramovic has responded to Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena for “making excuses” for not having all his players due to national duties.

The Rockets eliminated Sundowns in the Carling Knockout Cup last-16 round last month on penalties. After the defeat, Mokwena was disappointed with the fact that the match took place a day after the FIFA break.

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“Who cares that you play the day after and you tell me of any club in the world, any club, I’m waiting [that play] a day after the FIFA break,” said Mokwena during a post-match interview.

Nonetheless, Ramović was not happy with the comments Mokwena made about his seven players who were not available. He claims that Mokwena doesn’t respect his Sundowns players.

“I don’t want to find excuses like other coaches do, for example when we beat Sundowns, what were the excuses of our opponent?” says Ramovic during a media brief ahead of their encounter against AmaZulu.

“They said they didn’t play seven players (who were with Bafana). How is this respect for the players who played? You have a player you bought for R60 million, (Marcelo) Allende.

“Then you bought (Junior) Mendieta for R12 million, then you have (Bongani) Zungu and a lot of other national team players. And you come up with this excuse?” he asked.


“It disrespects my staff, my players, and myself. I think a strong coach does not find an excuse, he says ‘fantastic job, Galaxy, fantastic game plan, you beat us’ and he shows respect.

“He is also disrespecting his own team and his own players if he says he cannot win with the players he has. I think the team that played against us can win the league,” he added.

“They have top players… It means we did a fantastic job. I am very happy we beat Sundowns. The first time we beat them he (Mokwena) said we played catenaccio. I cannot understand what catenaccio is. I promise we will beat them again when we play them (next).”

TS Galaxy will visit AmaZulu in the Carling Knockout Cup semi-finals on Sunday at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

By Katleho Hlalele