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Rhulani Mokwena- We Tried Everything

A frustrating game for Mamelodi Sundowns as Swallows FC put in a shift to grab a point as the game ended 0-0 at the Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday evening.

Sundowns were on a mission to break their record of 71 points mark, however, a resilient Swallows squad stood firm to prevent the reigning league champions from doing so.

Mamelodi Sundowns had the better chances in the game with 20 goal attempts compared to Swallows’ 3 goal attempts. Despite, having so many goal attempts, Sundowns managed four goals on target.

Swallows had their work cut out despite not enjoying the possession in the game, having only managed 39 percent, compared to Sundowns’ 61 percent. Coach Musa Nyatama saw his game plan materialize, as they frustrated Sundowns until the final whistle.

Ever since Sundowns have been crowned Dstv Premiership champions they have had their foot off the pedal and coach Rhulani Mokwena echoed those sentiments.

“It's never been easy to play Swallows, and this was a tough game. We tried everything and it was unfortunate today because we tried everything,” Rhulani said post-match.

“Playing formations, you know I was trying different things, however, it did not play out, and look I am proud of the boys, proud of their efforts, proud of their commitments and we tried.

“When we went to the back three it was a bit better and we tried to have a narrow inverted but we could not open their defence up and we were unlucky with one or two chances but once again I have to say I am proud of the boys and their effort.”

Peter Shalulile had ample chances in the first half to find the back of the net, however, Swallows’ defence was very solid with goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi managing to keep Sundowns at bay.

In the 60th minute, the Dstv Premiership leading goal scorer Peter Shalulile received a cross from Aubrey Modiba, however, a compact defensive block from the Swallows defenders prevented the Namibian international from finding the back of the net.

A better chance arrived in the 68th minute when Akpeyi missed judged to handle the ball which fell unto Shalulile who shot the ball over the bar from an open net. Shalulile’s missed opportunity summed up the game, as Swallows walked away the smiling of the two.

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