Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena says having former star midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi at TS Galaxy helped the side secure a victory over the Brazilians at home on Wednesday.

Sundowns suffered a shock defeat at the hands of the Rockets in just their second game of the season, going down 1-0 at Loftus Versveld.

The defeat came as a rude awakening for the Chloorkop-based outfit who suffered just one league defeat last season.

When quizzed about reasons behind their defeat, Mokwena pointed to Vilakazi, the man who spent six years with Sundowns, saying that his intel on his former employers proved to be advantageous to his current bosses.

“It’s one of those, one of 30 [games]. Not an easy one against a very well-coached side and you can see that having Vila train with us – very smart, intelligent person, the entire pre-season – played into their advantage a little bit.

He has too much intel and they knew 150% the weaknesses of our team,” he told journalists after the loss.

“But, be that as it may, we could have played better, we know that we can play better.”

“We know we had a couple of players not on their regular momentum, intensity, personality but that is preparation and its always us the coaches and if the team is not well prepared in relation to the duels and the physicality and the intensity then we have to look at ourselves first and check how we prepared the team and hopefully we can prepare the team better for the next match,” he said.

Mokwena, along with Manqoba Mngqithi and Steven Komphela would have to adequately prepare their team for the next match which comes in the form of Kaizer Chiefs, who they host in a highly-anticipated match on Saturday.


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