Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena has more or less confirmed exactly what many on social media were thinking about his speech on Saturday night.
Mokwena stole the show during the MTN 8 Cup final, with his “1976 Soweto Uprising” speech to his Sundowns charges ahead of extra time.
Sundowns took the lead
In a match where Sundowns looked to control proceedings early on, they eventually took the lead through some good work between Thabiso Kutumela defensively, set up fellow Bafana Bafana international Thapelo Moreno to score the games opener. Ka bo Yellow would then take that lead into the half time break.
Cape Town City, came out with more fight in the second stanza, with a formation tweak from coach Eric Tinkler, helping the side wrestle a bit of control in the game. Finally they would catch Sundowns napping, with a Fagrie Lakay goal enough to send the cup final into extra time.
That, is then where Mokwena would take over the spotlight from the players, as with the Sundowns players needing motivation, he was on hand to give them a speech. However, it was the unique contents of the speech that had social media users in stitches, with Mokwena finding it necessary to use an analogy from the 1976 SowetoUprising.
Mokwena included an example of Hector Peterson being shot in the front instead of the back, with that alone depicting that he never turned his back on the struggle, hence he became a symbol of remembrance from that particular event.
It would appear that Mokwena’s speech, may have had the desired effect, no matter how unorthodox it may have seemed as Sundowns went on to defeat Cape Town City in penalties
His comment on it
Speaking in his post match conference, Mokwena was quizzed on the contents of the speech, and he has since lifted the lid on it.
“I don’t know what I said,” Mokwena said
“I have these crazy moments and I am sure the players looked at me and were thinking “here he goes again”, I really don’t know what I said but seemingly it had a reaction because the extra-time was a lot braver with more courage.
“But as I said you can give all the best speeches in the world, the game belongs to the players at the end of the day if they receive the message and they go out and fight and perform.Sometimes you can give the best speeches and the players are not receptive, so it doesn’t matter, what matters is the performance.” Said Mokwena on the speech