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Rhulani Mokwena dismissed despite successful tenure at Mamelodi Sundowns

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Mamelodi Sundowns have announced the departure of their head coach, Rhulani Mokwena, despite his impressive track record with the club. The decision, described as amicable, was confirmed by the club’s management in an official statement.

The club’s board of directors highlighted that the decision to part ways with Mokwena was based on the broader objectives and expectations of Mamelodi Sundowns.

The club emphasized that the decision was made independently of any external recommendations.

“This decision by Mamelodi Sundowns was taken by the Board of Directors taking into account the objectives and expectations of the Club.

It was not influenced or based on the recommendation of any associated person,” the club’s statement read.

The statement further expressed gratitude for Mokwena’s contributions. “Sundowns would like to express its gratitude to Rhulani Mokwena for his contribution to the successes and achievements of the Club during his tenure.

Rhulani Mokwena will always be part of the Mamelodi Sundowns family, and the Club wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Rhulani Mokwena’s tenure at Mamelodi Sundowns was marked by significant success. The 37-year-old coach led the team to back-to-back South African championship titles in the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 seasons.

Additionally, under his guidance, the club won the inaugural edition of the African Football League, a prestigious new tournament by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Mokwena took charge of Mamelodi Sundowns in 2022, and his leadership was instrumental in the team’s domestic and continental triumphs.

His departure, therefore, comes as a surprise to many, considering his commendable record.

Mokwena’s journey with Mamelodi Sundowns began with high expectations, and he quickly proved his mettle.

His tactical acumen and ability to inspire his players led to a dominant presence in the South African Premier Division.

The consecutive league titles under his belt are a testament to his effective management and strategic planning.

Moreover, the victory in the African Football League showcased Mokwena’s capability to compete at the highest levels of African football.

This achievement not only added to Sundowns’ illustrious history but also reinforced the club’s position as a powerhouse in the continent.

While the departure of Rhulani Mokwena marks the end of a successful chapter for Mamelodi Sundowns, the club will now look to the future under new leadership.

The board’s decision indicates a strategic shift, aiming to align with their long-term goals and aspirations.

For Mokwena, the future holds new opportunities. Given his proven track record, he is likely to attract interest from other clubs seeking a talented and successful coach.

His ability to deliver results, both domestically and internationally, positions him as a sought-after figure in the football world.

Rhulani Mokwena’s exit from Mamelodi Sundowns is a significant development in South African football.

Despite the surprising nature of his departure, his tenure leaves behind a legacy of success and a benchmark for future performance.

Both the club and the coach now embark on new journeys, with Sundowns looking to build on their achievements and Mokwena poised for his next challenge in the footballing arena.

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