Rulani Mokwena: Ousted Mamelodi Sundowns Manager Pens Emotional Farewell Letter

Rulani Mokwena: Ousted Mamelodi Sundowns Manager Pens Emotional Farewell Letter

Babajide Orevba
July 4, 2024 at 11:11 AM
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  • Rulani Mokwena has parted ways with Mamelodi Sundowns as the club announced that the decision was reached by a mutual consent
  • The manager had a decent period with Masandawana, guiding them to three major trophies as well as the African Football League
  • In his farewell message, Rulani hailed his successes at the club and said he remains proud to have coached such a big team

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Former Mamelodi Sundowns manager Rulani Mokwena has penned an emotional farewell letter after leaving the club by mutual consent.

The South African giants released a statement on Wednesday, July 3, that the 37-year-old had been relieved of his duties.

Rulani first joined the club in 2011 when he worked as an assistant under coach Pitso Mosimane.

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Rulani Mokwena has parted ways with Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo Credit: Phill Magakoe.
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After brief stints with Orlando Pirates and Chippa United, the manager returned to the Chloorkop in 2020 as co-coach alongside Manqoba Mngqithi, but the latter was demoted.

Rulani guided the club to three titles and also led the club to win the inaugural edition of the African Football League.

Mokwena shared a touching farewell message to his former employers, players, and fans. He said via IOL:

“Goodbye is not goodbye if you stay in the hearts of those who love you. Thank you, Mamelodi Sundowns. What I’m accepting is that at 37, I’ve coached two of the biggest teams in South African football. I’ve won, as a head coach, seven trophies already at 37.
I’ve won four league titles, coach of the season three times. I leave with a record that says 91 games played, 60 games won, nine lost and 11 draws. When I look at that, I’m extremely proud. Proud of the Sundowns players because I am crazy."

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Sports Brief earlier reported that Rulani once disclosed why he decided to stay at Mamelodi Sundowns instead of joining Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly in 2020.

Looking back, Mokwena says he has no regrets about choosing to remain at Masandawana, where he has since achieved remarkable success.

The 37-year-old's tenure has been nothing short of impressive, with the team winning multiple titles, including the MTN8, DStv Premiership, and Nedbank Cup.

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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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