Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena has expressed his disappointment in Orlando Pirates’ striker Kermit Erasmus, after the two were involved in a heated exchange of words during the Carling Black Label Cup match final.
Sundowns bench and Erasmus seemed to have exchanged words when Tapelo Xoki was sent off, after his harsh tackle on Haashim Domingo, 20 minutes into the match.
Erasmus was seen gesturing emphatically towards his former coach, although the topic of their conversation was not audible, but the body language alone suggests the pair disagreed over something.
The incident has sparked debate in the football community as to whether Rulani’s actions crossed a line, or Erasmus has said something unacceptable to his former mentor.
The Brazilians head coach made his comments after the match, indicating that he was “disappointed” with Erasmus’s behaviour.
“Maybe it’s better I don’t talk about it, I think I have already made a comment, but it was very disappointing because the tackle was not something you want to see from an opponent, and a career-threatening situation like that shouldn’t be applauded,” Mokwena told reporters after the match.
“I’m just a bit disappointed and disappointed in how he (Erasmus) spoke to me, I just felt like I didn’t deserve that, especially from him.
“And maybe that’s why I feel currently bittersweet because I know what the club has done for him, and I know what I have personally done for him.
“I don’t want to sit here and speak about some things, but it’s okay, and I supposed that’s what life is about, so we take it on the chin, and we move.”