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Mokwena Faces Competition For Wydad Casablanca Job

  • July 5, 2024
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Mokwena Faces Competition For Wydad Casablanca Job

It appears former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena faces stiff competition for the vacant head coach position at Wydad Casablanca.

Reports suggest Wydad are currently in talks with Nabil Maaloul to take over the reins.

Sundowns’ announcement of Mokwena’s departure on Wednesday came as a shock to many. This decision followed a highly successful season where the team secured two trophies and nearly achieved an entire league season without defeat, only losing their final match.

Mokwena’s reign also saw Sundowns reach consecutive CAF Champions League semi finals, only falling short to Esperance last season. Notably, he became the first coach to lead Sundowns to consecutive Champions League semi finals.

While Sundowns achieved domestic dominance by winning the league and the African Football League, as highlighted by Mokwena himself, the elusive CAF Champions League trophy remained out of reach. This ultimately led to a breakdown in his relationship with the club as it was a mandate placed to him, partly playing a role in resulting in his departure.

With his departure from Sundowns confirmed, speculation swirled around Mokwena potentially joining Wydad Casablanca, a team he defeated in the African Football League final but lost to in the 2022/23 Champions League semi-final.

However, according to reports from Tunisia, Maaloul appears to be the frontrunner for the position. Negotiations are reportedly progressing with the Tunisian coach, who boasts an impressive record of three league titles with Esperance and a Champions League victory with Red and Yellow in 2011.

It’s important to note that Wydad will not be competing in the Champions League next season after finishing sixth in the recently concluded Moroccan domestic league. They want to get back to the top next season and also in the Champions League where the club feel that is where they belong having reached the final in 2023.

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