Rulani Mokwena: Sundowns Boss Attracting Interest Abroad After South Africa’s Impressive AFCON

Rulani Mokwena: Sundowns Boss Attracting Interest Abroad After South Africa’s Impressive AFCON

Edwin Kiplagat
February 21, 2024 at 3:59 PM
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  • Rulani Mokwena is attracting plenty of interest out of South Africa
  • Bafana Bafana's AFCON campaign has brought attention to him
  • Masandawana players made up the majority of the national team

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena is attracting interest overseas following South Africa's incredible 2023 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

Most of the Bafana Bafana players play under the young tactician, and they were some of the best players in the team.

Rulani Mokwena, Teboho Mokoena, South Africa, Ronwen Willaims, AFCON, Mamelodi Sundowns
Rulani Mokwena was proud of Teboho Mokoena's performance at the 2023 AFCON with South Africa. Photos by Phill Magakoe and Sia Kambou.
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South Africa's entire back five, including goalkeeper Ronwen Williams play for the PSL giants. Furthermore, 10 players from the club were called up by Hugo Broos.

Eight of those players were part of the starting lineup in some matches. Sundowns midfielder Teboho Mokoena and captain Williams made the team of the tournament.

The Brazilians' methodical build-up and combination play were evident in the Broos' side throughout the competition. They eliminated favourites Morocco from the tournament in the Round of 16.

South Africa fell short in the semi-final, but it was a commendable performance after years of underachievement.

Mokwena attracting interest abroad

The 37-year-old took over in October 2022 from the legendary Pitso Mosimane and led them to the title last season, his first as the head coach. Mokwena also led Masandawana to the African Football League glory.

His agent, Steve Kapeluschnik, disclosed that there is interest in the young manager.

There's always interest in Rulani, but Rulani is very happy at Sundowns. Interest in Rulani is always interesting [to] him, I mean it has been like that for long," per KickOff.
"I have a lot of approaches for his services more than anything. To be honest with you, he is very happy where he is."

If he continues to impress, Mokwena could follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Mosimane who has coached in North Africa and the Middle East.

Mokwena visits Brazil

Sports Brief earlier reported on Mokwena taking a trip to Brazil during the 2023 AFCON break.

Mokwena visited top-flight league sides Botafogo and reigning Copa Libertadores champions Fluminense.

"Today’s visit is why I came to Brazil in the first place. Home of Relationism The talent is really scary. Thank you Flumiense."
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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.