Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has revealed that he made a big mistake when their former club captain Andile Jali who now don the colours of Moroka Swallows was sent off.

“AJ 15” as he is affectionately known as was sent off in the 7th minute when Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Moroka Swallows 1-0 in the MTN 8 competition to progress to the next round.

What’s the story?

On Saturday evening, one of the leading sport publications in South Africa reported that Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena revealed that he made a big mistake tactically after Andile Jali was sent off during their recent encounter against Moroka Swallows.

“Another match where the goalkeeper of the opposition wins the Man of the Match (Brandon) Peterson also and today (Daniel) Akpeyi but I also made a big mistake which I told the players at half-time.

“After they got a red card I put two or three players in the wrong positions, it didn’t work a little bit and I wanna thank my players for accepting my mistake and we corrected it a little bit better in the second half and we looked a lot better and a lot more comfortable on the pitch”.

“Immediately after that red-card, I think I also got a little bit caught up in the situation and when I tried to take advantage of the things I committed a mistake I committed last season already and I told them”.

When asked to elaborate on the mistake, Rulani Mokwena added, “I can’t I’m only human you know but the players accepted it and allowed us to correct, we looked a lot better in the second half, did very well and I want to congratulate my players”

“But this is what teams do, we’re a team not just on the pitch but off the pitch and very proud of them, incredibly performance in the second half especially”.