Mokwena backs Onyango after costly mistakes


Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena has defended goalkeeper Denis Onyango after he conceded two sloppy goals in the thrilling 2-2 Tshwane Derby draw against SuperSport United at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Brazilians were well on their way to victory, 2-0 up, thanks to goals by Neo Maema and Peter Shalulile when Matsatsantsa United staged the spirited comeback with late goals scored by Gamphani Lungu and Teboho Mokoena.

Both goals by SuperSport were a result of Onyango’s schoolboy errors in goal. And Lungu’s goal ended Sundowns’ 13-match run without conceding.

“Football is a game of mistakes and unfortunately part of being a goalkeeper is understanding that your mistakes might be more costly than of the other players that are on the pitch,” said Mokwena.

“But the reality is that Denis is a top goalkeeper and as they say ‘one swallow does not make a summer’ and these are part of the game, he has our support and we will show the corrections and analyse the game like we always do.

“I know the state of football says that when you make mistakes you become the scapegoat, so we have to refrain from that because how many other times has he helped us? We have been talking about all these clean sheets and the records that we were setting, a lot of it had to do with Denis.”

The Brazilians have opened a six-point lead at the summit of the log and remain unbeaten after 11 matches.

“Let’s not be quick to forget, let’s appreciate, let’s love our players and appreciate their efforts in good and bad moments,” concluded the Sundowns tactician.

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By FARPost Reporter