Sundowns star turns 39, older than his coach

sundowns star turns 39, older than his coach

Sundowns star turns 39, older than his coach

Mamelodi Sundowns‘ Denis Onyango is celebrating his birthday today. At 39, Oyango is older than his coach Rulani Mokwena.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MAMELODI SUNDOWNS’ DENIS ONYANGO

Onyango, originally from Uganda‘s Kampala, arrived at SuperSport United in 2006 from Ethiopian giants Saint George. He later joined Mpumalanga Black Aces in 2010, before joining Sundowns in 2013 via a loan spell with Bidvest Wits.

With a remarkable 10 DStv Premiership titles and 39 birthdays, Onyango’s coach at Kabo Yellow, Rulani Mokwena, only turned 37 in January.

DSTV PREMIERSHIP PLAYERS OLDER THAN RULANI MOKWENA

  • Bernard Parker, 38, TS Galaxy
  • Onismor Bhasera, 38, SuperSport United
  • Nazeer Allie, 38, Cape Town Spurs
  • Washington Arubi, 38, SuperSport United
  • Lindokuhle Mbatha, 38, TS Galaxy
  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, 38, Orlando Pirates
  • Denis Onyango, 39, Mamelodi Sundowns
  • Clayton Daniels, 39, Cape Town Spurs
  • Vuyo Mere, 40, TS Galaxy.

HOW TO PLAY AGAINST RULANI MOKWENA’S TEAM

Speaking to the media before meeting Sundowns on Tuesday, Royal AM coach John Maduka said his team needed to be defensively disciplined against the champions.

“Sundowns are a team that believes in themselves and Coach Rulani Mokwena and his technical team have done a very good job. They don’t play for a draw in every game because they go for a win,” Maduka told the Citizen.

“It seems like it’s in their system and to stop them you have to be tactically disciplined and that’s the one way that you can be able to stop them. You can allow them to have the ball in certain areas but you don’t allow them to come in your half because if they do that, they will cause so many problems.

Furthermore, Maduka said teams have to be intentional when they have the ball against Sundowns.

“Again, when you have the ball, you must use it because if you don’t use it well, they will press you immediately. We were not far in the last game from getting a point and we can build on where we left off before we conceded.

“You have to defend well and you can’t just take the game to Sundowns because you will open on the other side. They play in every moment of the game and they can also play in transition and combination play. Tactical discipline has to be there and the concentration has to be at a maximum and that is the only way that you can stop them,” Maduka concluded.

Having sealed a record seventh DStv Premiership title in a row, is there any current team that can stop Sundowns from lifting an eighth league title next season? Let us know in the comments section below.

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