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Rulani Mokwena reacts to Sundown’s goalless draw against Arrows

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena had mixed reactions to his side’s goalless draw against Golden Arrows in the DStv Premiership at the Mpumalanga Stadium on Wednesday evening.

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Musa Lebusa was sent off for a foul on Lungelo Nguse in an entertaining match in Hammarsdale. The Brazilians were not clinical in front of goal and missed numerous scoring opportunities.

In the end, both teams had to settle for a share of the loot after failing to find the breakthrough. Sundowns, who became champions last Thursday, are still unbeaten in the competition after 25 games.

“I don’t know how the game will go at 1-0 until half time. I think it should have been 5-0,” Mokwena told SuperSport TV after the match.

“We were working on a kick-off routine, but it didn’t materialize. It was my idea to be honest, because of the depth of their line and the rest of the defense wasn’t that good, but the faster the ball goes forward, the faster it comes back.

“With the red card, I spoke to the players and they said, ‘OK coach, we shouldn’t have bounced the ball’, but it’s part of football. It was 10 against 11, but there was still one team on the pitch and that’s why (Ismael) Watenga is the man of the match because we still created more chances. Marcelo Allende with the short corner, he should have scored so it was one of those goals where the ball couldn’t go into the back of the net.

“It was a very good performance from us and we were very attacking with chance after chance and maybe wasteful in front of goal and that is my biggest disappointment. I am very proud of the character and spirit, the mentality of this group is very good.”

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Sundowns hope Lucas Ribeiro’s injury is not serious after the Brazilian forward was substituted late in the first half. Sundowns play Royal AM at home in the league on Saturday and are looking to extend their unbeaten streak to 26 games.