PRETORIA: While serving the Brazilians, the former Orlando Pirates coach says that he has developed love for the club.
The reigning DSTV Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns have tied down Rulani Mokwena for a further four years at the club. Mokwena’s contract was reportedly set to expire at the end of June 2023. However, he has since extended his stay at Chloorkop until 2027.
“I now have to prove my love and my loyalty for this football club,” said Mokwena in a statement following his contract extension. The 36-year-old tactician will continue to lead the brains trust of Sundowns which comprises Manqoba Mngqithi and Steve Komphela.
While serving the Brazilians, the former Orlando Pirates coach says he has developed love for the club. Prior to his appointment as the head coach in October 2022, he had been co-coaching along with Mngqithi while Komphela served as a senior assistant coach.
Following a string of poor results, the club made changes within the technical team, thereby demoting Mngqithi. The changes paid dividends for the Yellow Nation, Sundowns under his leadership finished the 2022/23 season without losing a match.
In fact, under Mokwena, who won the coveted 2022/23 DSTV Premiership coach of the season award, the Brazilians went on to win their sixth consecutive league title with just 23 games played, following a winning streak that stretched to 15 games.
The Tshwane Giants also had an impressive campaign in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) champions league under him, albeit their journey ended in the semi-finals at the hands of Wydad Athletic Club.