Who is Rhulani Mokwena, Mamelodi Sundowns' new head coach?

Who is Rhulani Mokwena, Mamelodi Sundowns' new head coach?

Babu Tendu
October 31, 2022 at 7:13 AM

Rhulani Mokwena is a South African who is a professional football manager. As of October 27 2022, he manages the Mamelodi Sundowns football club. He comes from a long list of football-oriented families, hence the choice of his career path.

Rhulani Mokwena
Rhulani Mokwena is one of the most talented young coaches in the world right now. Photo by Phill Magakoe. (Modified by author).
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The South African football manager has worked with several teams and under several assistants, hence why he is so good at his work. Information concerning his life and career will be comprehensively covered in this article.


Rhulani Mokwena


Johannesburg, South Africa


January 8, 1987 (35 as of October 2022)




South African



Hair colour:


Hair type:

Very short

Eye colour:





one, a son


Julias Sono


Jomo Sono


Eric' Scara' Sono


Sports science at a higher institution


South Africa


Football manager/ Senior head coach

Current team:

Mamelodi Sundowns


October 24, 2022

Previous team:

Chippa United

Years active:

2014- now



Net worth:

$1 million-$8 million

Social media:

Instagram, Twitter

Rhulani Mokwena

The South African football manager was born on January 8, 1987. He comes from a long lineage of football-affiliated individuals. His father, Julias Sono, played for the Orlando Pirates team, and his uncle Jomo Sono, played football as well.

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While growing up, his desire was to be a lawyer, but his coaching dreams surpassed the law ones, hence marking the third generation of footballing enthusiasts in his family, after his grandfather and father, who also pursued football careers. His grandfather Eric' Scara' Sono, was also a player for Orlando Pirates and served as captain.

Years later, he served as a coach for the same team his family had been playing for. His favourite subjects in school were English and History. He also loved reading about leaders such as Thambo Mbeki, Nelson Mandela, and Walter Sisulu, among others.

How old is Rhulani Mokwena?

He was born on January 8, 1987. He therefore, 35 years old as of October 27, 2022. He is quite young for his field of expertise hence has many years ahead of him to make an impact in the football world in South Africa and perhaps even beyond.

Did Rhulani Mokwena play soccer?

Yes. His first emergence to the football scene was when he played for Silver Stars, currently known as platinum stars. He honed his skills under coaches such as Steve Komphela, Cavin Johnson, and Allan Freese.

  • In 2014, he joined the Mamelodi Sundowns and was promoted to be one of Pitso Mosimane's assistant managers. In 2017, he also served as Milutin Sredojevic's assistant manager at Orlando pirates, a team his father and grandfather had previously played for.

Which team did Rhulani Mokwena play for?

He joined Mamelodi Sundowns back in 2014 at the beginning of his career. After excelling with the club's development team, he was promoted to be one of Pitso Mosimane's assistant managers, alongside Manqoba Mngqithi and Alex Bapela.

Rhulani Mokwena's salary

He earns a monthly salary of about $49,561 hence amassing an annual salary of $593,483. He now tops the list of the highest-paid coaches in the PSL.

Rhulani Mokwena's wife

He is married to a beautiful South African lady named Angela. She has been his support system in his career so far.

Rhulani Mokwena's salary
Rhulani Mokwena (left), Siya Kolisi (centre) and Happy Jele celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2019 Champions Tour in Gauteng, South Africa on November 7, 2019. Photo by Lee Warren.
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Rhulani Mokwena's house

The South African football manager has managed to keep this side of his life a secret from the public. He, however, as a top coach, is assumed to live in a luxurious house.

Rhulani Mokwena's cars

It is unlike the football tactician to flaunt his wealth, but his fans could not help but notice his post beside his Rolls Royce Phantom car. He captioned the post quoting Maurizio, saying, "Only the spoon knows the problems of the pot."

Where is Rhulani Mokwena today?

He is currently at Mamelodi Sundowns as a coach. This follows his new appointment after Pitso Mosimane left the club. The football club had been unhappy for quite some time and had to undergo a reshuffling in the coaching department after a bad run of form.

Who is the new head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns?

Rhulani Mokwena is the new Mamelodi Sundowns' football club head coach. He became the team's first black manager after taking over from Manqoba Mngqithi and was appointed by Masandawana, who demoted Manqoba.

Rhulani Mokwena's salary
Rhulani Mokwena (right) and South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus pose during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Champions Tour on November 7, 2019, in Gauteng, South Africa. Photo by Lee Warren.
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The Mamelodi Sundowns expect much from Rhulani Mokwena, their new head coach. As we know the tactician's capability, he will surely deliver as is expected of him. Nonetheless, his journey of a thousand miles has just begun and fans expect him to turn around the club's bad run of form.

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