Hug of War!

By Michael Madyira

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena has taken a swipe at his SuperSport United counterpart Gavin Hunt for his remarks regarding hugging players after matches.

Hunt was last week widely quoted in the media saying “I hate these coaches” who hug their players when their team wins.

The Matsatsantsa coach went on to describe such acts as “all for a show and a lot of bullsh*t”.

His comments appeared to be an apparent reference to Mokwena who is known to embrace his players after every victory.

The Sundowns coach has now hit back at Hunt, teasing the SuperSport coach that he has barred him from hugging his players.

“I’m not allowed to give hugs to players,” said Mokwena jokingly after Sundowns edged SuperSport United 1-0 on Wednesday.

It was the match where the Brazilians recorded their 10th successive Premier Soccer League victory.

“Congratulations to the entire Mamelodi Sundowns family, the supporters and the amazing turnout for a midweek game, congratulations to this group of players,” said the Masandawana coach.

“They work very hard and the technical team and the entire football club.”

A penalty converted by Lucas Ribeiro Costa was all that Masandawana needed to find the back of the net, and Mokwena admits it was not a beautiful evening for them.

“We grind things out, it’s a sign of what makes champions,” he said.

Sundowns now shift attention back to the CAF Champions League as they prepare to host Egyptian moneybags Pyramids FC on Sunday.

It is a Group A match and they need maximum points to recover from last weekend’s loss to TP Mazembe.

Pictured above: Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena.

Image source: Mamelodi Sundowns

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