Rulani Mokwena: Mamelodi Sundowns Coach Breaks Down in Tears After Historic AFL Triumph

Rulani Mokwena: Mamelodi Sundowns Coach Breaks Down in Tears After Historic AFL Triumph

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Mamelodi Sundowns are the inaugural champions of the African Football League
  • The South African giants defeated Wydad Athletic Club to win the competition
  • Coach Rulani Mokwena shared his excitement after his first continental success

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena was left emotional after leading the South African club to the African Football League triumph.

Sundowns became the first team to win the African elite competition after beating Wydad Athletic Club in the final.

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Rulani Mokwena and Sundowns players celebrating their AFL Cup win. Credit: @afl_africa
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A 2-0 victory in front of their 50,000 fans at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria ensured Sundowns completed a 3-2 aggregate win in the final of the inaugural tournament, as reported by

In an emotional post-match interview, Mokwena praised his players as he won his first continental trophy.

“Congratulations to this amazing group of players. I’m just very lucky to be their coach,” said Mokwena on SABC, as quoted by
“It’s for the fans, the Yellow Nation, and for this magnificent group of players, the technical team, and the chairman. Unbelievable support he has shown to me.”

Having lost the first-leg 2-1 in Morocco, Sundowns took the lead at the stroke of half-time through Namibian forward Peter Shalulile before Aubrey Modiba doubled the advantage after the break.

Wydad pushed for a consolation, but Sundowns were too strong for the former former African champions.

Sundowns beat Wydad to win African Football League

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Wydad AC to win the first-ever African Football League.

The ghosts of last year's CAF Champions League semi-final were exorcised for Mamelodi Sundowns.

Masandawana beat Wydad Casablanca 2-0 in the second leg of their African Football League final to lift the first iteration of the Continental Super Cup.

Wydad dedicate first-leg win to Oussama Falouh

Sports Brief also reported that Wydad dedicated their first-leg victory to defender Oussama Falouh, who tragically died from road accident injuries.

The 24-year-old, whose car was hit by a heavy goods truck, passed away after days in an intensive care unit of a Casablanca hospital.

Before the game against Mamelodi Sundowns in Morocco on Sunday night, the two teams observed a minute of silence for the late left-back.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.
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