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FINALLY Tebogo Mokoena's Sundowns Jersey Number Has Been Revealed

SoccerLadumaIt has been confirmed that he will wear the number 15 shirt at his new club, taking over for Andile Jali, who has been promoted to the number 29 jersey. As Mamelodi Sundowns prepare for a hectic second half of the season that will feature another chance at the Caf Champions League, co-coach Rulani Mokwena explains why the team wanted to add Teboho Mokoena and Surprise Ralani.

Mokoena came from Sundowns' Tshwane rivals SuperSport United for a reported SA record price, while Ralani came from Cape Town City despite being 34 years old. In order to ‘park the bus', Sundowns had been trying to recruit Mokoena for some time. “The club has admired Teboho for a few windows now. “He symbolizes the next generation of SA footballers,” Mokwena adds.

A deeper look at his profile appears to show that offensively, as a center midfielder, there is a bigger contribution to give to the club with the attributes he has.

“Compared to our other midfielders, he has more attacking potential. The most notable is that Teboho is a midfielder who scores 2.5 goals a game. Even strikers in the PSL don't receive two shots on goal.

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“One of the major tactics to overcome re-enforced defensive blocks that sit deeper is shots fired from beyond the box. He is perhaps the greatest in the nation at this.

“After losing Hlompho [Kekana] and the traits that made the squad so successful, it was necessary to locate a midfielder who could help us penetrate defensive blocks with longer range passes and shots.”

Mokwena concedes that the club's pursuit of Ralani raised some eyebrows, but that in this situation, age is only a number. “His induction raises many questions, especially given his age. But in football, it's crucial to bring in the correct player.

“And that proper player isn't always a specific age. The correct player is needed for the squad.

“We chose this route due to Ralani's profile. You compare his contribution to Cape Town City with the average quality of the PSL and its availability on the market, and what you have in regard to the way you want the club to go.”

Ralani's potential value to the squad is evident, according to Mokwena. “To be ready for the Champions League, the club needs to achieve specific limits to be competitive on all fronts.

“Ralani is an oddity. His stats are well above the PSL average. As an attacking midfielder, he already contributes 1.4 scoring chances each game. The PSL average is 0.378.

“In a game, he averages 4.1 successful dribbles, compared to 2.3 for attacking midfielders in this league. He is also winning duals at a rate of 1.1 [per game], compared to the PSL average of 0.018.”

Mokwena feels the winger's experience and professionalism helped him fit in with the Brazilians.

“His stats clearly show he is a player who can improve the team quickly. He is a technically sound and tactically sound player.

“We looked at playing in Europe after acclimatising to playing in SA. He is a terrific SA-born player.”

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