Pitso Mosimane responds to Rulani Mokwena’s exit at Sundowns

 

Pitso Mosimane responds to Rulani Mokwena's exit.
Pitso Mosimane responds to Rulani Mokwena’s exit. Image via X @MS_Sharpeville ·

Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he’s saddened by Rulani Mokwena’s departure from his former club.

PITSO MOSIMANE: ‘I AM NOT HAPPY’

The award-winning coach Pitso Mosimane revealed to SABC Sports on Monday, 8 July that he’s not happy that Mamelodi Sundowns released his former assistant, Rulani Mokwena.

“The sad part is he’s let go at Sundowns, I’m not happy, you can feel my emotion. I’m not pretending, I just feel bad for him. Sundowns is a big club; Sundowns will sort themselves out. Sundowns is not about Pitso, Sundowns is not about Rulani, coaches come and go. I get emotional with this thing of Rulani because I know Rulani.”

Mosimane also looks back on his journey with Rulani and says that he was humbled and appreciated the contribution he put when he came to Mamelodi Sundowns.

He brought over coach Manqoba, brought over coach Rulani that they must help him in the process of building and making a better team that can compete in the continent.

“I didn’t do it alone, I had them on my side as my generals, my assistants to help me and they’ve helped me.”

Mokwena parted ways with Sundowns last week after a season into his new contract. The football club confirmed in June 2023 that Mokwena signed a 4-year contract extension with Mamelodi Sundowns until 2027.

Sowetan reports that physical trainer Sibusiso Mahlangu, masseur Thabiso Moshane have also left the football club. The pair may soon be followed by Sbu Makitla, who is the performance analyst at the club.

The publication adds that first-team assistant coach Michael Loftman who was recruited by Mokwena may also be leaving.

MAMELODI SUNDOWNS REPLACES RULANI MOKWENA

Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday, 6 July welcomed back Steve Kompela as senior coach after the departure of Rulani Mokwena.

The club confirms that Komphela will serve as senior coach and will assist Manqoba Mngqithi and the technical team.

Komphela said: “I am very excited to be back at Mamelodi Sundowns where I was always inspired and treated with respect and love. I am committed to contributing to the club achieving its goals in South Africa and on the African continent.”

Kompela previously worked alongside co-coaches Mokwena and Mngqithi as they guided the club to another DStv Premiership title.

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