Mamelodi Sundowns has achieved a remarkable feat in South African football by breaking Kaizer Chiefs’ 18-year record of the longest unbeaten streak in the DStv Premiership.
After a convincing 3-1 win over Stellenbosch FC at Lucas Moripe Stadium, the Brazilians have set a new milestone of 32 games unbeaten in the league, surpassing the previous record of 31 matches held by Amakhosi since 2005.
Rulani Mokwena, the coach of Mamelodi Sundowns, is not one to seek personal credit. However, the 36-year-old record-breaker wants his players to be recognized for their exceptional achievement in setting a new benchmark in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
Speaking about the historic moment, Mokwena expressed his pride and admiration for his team’s accomplishment. He acknowledged the significance of surpassing a record that had stood for almost two decades and was held by a formidable team. Mokwena believes that his players deserve to be celebrated and praised for their incredible feat.
The coach emphasized that the news of this achievement deserves to be on the front page of newspapers, not relegated to the back. He wants the players’ pictures as a group to be featured prominently, highlighting their well-deserved recognition. Mokwena feels that his squad has not received sufficient appreciation and recognition, and hopes that this record-breaking achievement will change that perception.
Since Mokwena took over as the solo head coach last season, Mamelodi Sundowns has been unbeaten in the league. Their consistency and determination have been evident in their eight victories in the new season. Mokwena commends his players for their relentless pursuit of success, their focus, and their perseverance. He believes that these are the traits of championship-winning teams.
Mokwena also praised his team’s commitment to playing the game the right way. Despite their achievements, they have not compromised on their style of play and have continued to showcase their footballing philosophy. The coach sees this as a testament to their excellence and their desire to leave a lasting legacy.
Although Mokwena acknowledges that appreciation may not always come easily, he remains unwavering in his selfless leadership approach. He no longer seeks validation but instead focuses on guiding and supporting his team to achieve greatness.
Mamelodi Sundowns’ next challenge awaits them in the CAF Champions League. After a resounding 4-0 victory in the first leg, they face Bumamuru in the return leg of the preliminary second round. The team will be aiming to maintain their winning momentum and continue making history.