Mamelodi Sundowns Part Ways with Rulani Mokwena, Mngqithi to Take Charge

Mamelodi Sundowns Part Ways with Rulani Mokwena, Mngqithi to Take Charge

Babajide Orevba
July 3, 2024 at 2:52 PM
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  • Rulani Mokwena has left his role as the head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns after a trophy-laden four-year reign with the club
  • Mamelodi Sundowns released a statement announcing the departure of the tactician after a mutual agreement was reached
  • Sundowns have given first team coach Manqoba Mngqithi duty to lead the squad as they begin preparation for the 2024/2025 football season

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Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns have parted ways with impressive manager Rulani Mokwena with immediate effect.

In a statement released on Wednesday, July 3, Masandawana announced that a mutual decision was reached to end the tactician's era.

Rulani moved to the Loftus Versfeld Stadium outfit in 2020 when he was appointed alongside Manqoba Mngqithi, but a year following their reign, the latter was demoted.

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Rulani Mokwena has left his role as Mamelodi Sundowns head coach by mutual decision. Photo Credit: Khaled Desouki.
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Rulani went on to lead the club to two DStv Premiership titles, one Nedbank Cup, one MTN8, one Carling Black Label, and the AFL titles.

However, there were insinuations that the tactician was already plotting his exit from the club after having a fallout with the club's sporting director, Flemming Berg, this summer.

Mokwena rumoured to be disgruntled

It was gathered that the manager was unimpressed about the movement of players in and out of the club. However, the club stated that the decision was not influenced or based on the recommendation of any individual.

The statement on the club's website added:

"Sundowns wishes to express its gratitude to Rhulani Mokwena for his contribution to the successes and achievements of the Club during his tenure as Head Coach.
"Rhulani Mokwena will forever be part of the Mamelodi Sundowns Family and the club wishes him all of the very best with his future endeavours."

Meanwhile, Sundowns have confirmed that Manqoba Mngqithi will return as the head coach, and his technical team will take charge of the squad ahead of the coming season.

Mass exodus looms at Sundowns

Sports Brief earlier reported that Mamelodi Sundowns must sell some of their first-team players this summer as they prepare for the 2024-25 Premier Soccer League season.

The Brazilians won the Dstv Premiership last season, their seventh consecutive title, and are gunning for their 18th league title next campaign.

Gaston Sirino, Rushine de Reuck, Reyaad Pieterse and Sammy Seabi have all been linked with a possible exit from the club this summer.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.
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