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What Rulani Mokwena did by speaking out is genuine transparency and honesty| Opinion.


The story of co-coaches fighting broke a day before the scheduled media engagement with the Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach and his Kaizer Chiefs counterpart, Stuart Baxter.


As expected, the revelation of the apparent disagreement between the three coaches had everyone talking – some calling us liars.


What Rulani Mokwena did by speaking out is genuine transparency and honesty, and ultimately for the supporters!


“I read the article. And I was expecting this question already. It’s a difficult one to answer and not to come across as not being honest, but at the same time, to try and protect the club,”


He said in his opening remarks.


“We have a very big game on the weekend – our focus and energy must be on that. But also on the corner of my brain, there is the importance of clarifying some of the things.

It’s a pity because sometimes some of the things that come out do so and you are like, ‘Oh my goodness, how did this get Out?’


For me, that is probably the biggest problem, having a mole and having people that report certain things to the media. We should not have people in our club that go about that sort of bwehaviour. That should not be allowed.


“In any organisation or housallowe whenever there is any relations, of ourse there’s going to be one or two squabbles and disagreements.


And those should not be blown out of proportion.”


While he bemoaned the idea that there could be a mole inside the club disseminating information to the media, his approach when confronted with a sensitive matter was praised by many in the fraternity.

The growing trend, lately, is that PSL clubs simply ignore requests for comment or they try kill the story by issuing statements that don’t paint the real picture.


“But I get disappointed personally when I am on the other side – to be honest with you, this question should maybe be given to coach Manqoba because what was reported in the media, there’s an element of truth to it and to me, the coach apologised and we move on.


We focus on what is important for Mamelodi Sundowns, and that’s it. I have got nothing more to say about it,” Mokwena concluded.


By his professional handling of the situation, Mokwena has proven that a club can address perceived negative elements by being transparent.


The coach has shown respect to the fans and the club through his honesty - It’s what the supporters deserve.


Hiding certain things makes it worse than what it is. It has shown that disagreements do happen, and that is normal, though it’s how they are dealt with that matters. As the coach said, we “move on.


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