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Sundowns Parts Ways With Mokwena

  • July 3, 2024
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Sundowns Parts Ways With Mokwena

Mamelodi Sundowns confirmed on Wednesday that they have reached a mutual agreement to terminate coach Rulani Mokwena’s contract, effective immediately.

This decision follows reports of a heated disagreement between Mokwena and sporting director Flemming Berg.

“Mamelodi Sundowns and Rulani Mokwena have amicably concluded an agreement, bringing to an end Rulani Mokwena’s employment as Head Coach,” the club stated in a press release.

“Sundowns wishes to express its sincere gratitude to Rulani Mokwena for his contributions to the club’s successes and achievements during his time as head coach. Rulani Mokwena will always be considered part of the Mamelodi Sundowns family, and the club wishes him the very best in his future endeavors.”

The club justified the decision by stating that it did not meet the high standards set for Mokwena last season, despite winning the DStv Premiership and the African Football League. Notably, Sundowns lost the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup finals to Orlando Pirates and were eliminated in the CAF Champions League semi-finals. The club’s ambition appears to be winning on all fronts.

“The decision of Mamelodi Sundowns was made by the board, taking into account the objectives and expectations of the club,” the statement continued. “It was not influenced or based on the recommendation of any individual associated with the club. Sundowns remains deeply committed to the development and growth of South African coaches and players.”

Manqoba Mngqithi, who joined the club in 2014, will take charge of the team during the pre-season.

“Coach Manqoba Mngqithi and the technical team will continue to lead and oversee the training and preparation of the players for the upcoming season,” the club said. “Mamelodi Sundowns is focused on competing in all upcoming competitions and is honored to be one of four African Football Clubs participating in the historic FIFA Club World Cup 2025.”

Mokwena assumed the sole head coach position in October 2022 after the club transitioned away from a three-person coaching structure that included Mokwena, Mngqithi, and Steve Komphela. During his tenure as head coach, the 37-year-old Mokwena oversaw 91 matches, winning 60, losing 9, and drawing 22.

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