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Rulani Wanted In North Africa

The Siya crew has been led to believe that Rulani Mokwena, the Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach, is being courted by one of the big clubs on the continent.

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It’s emerged that Wydad Casablanca, who do still have Faouzi Benzarti at the helm, are sussing out whether Mokwena would be keen to take over at some point.

With Sundowns pulling nine points clear at the top of their CAF Champions League group on Tuesday night, there’s no doubt the coach, alongside Manqoba Mngqithi, have turned the Brazilians into the team to beat in this year’s edition.

And it’s puts a spotlight on Mokwena’s work there.

Indications are that Wydad have not yet made direct contact with Sundowns in their possible attempts to lure their coach away from Chloorkop, but Mokwena has confirmed to the Siya crew that he has been made aware of the interest in his services.

“Yeah I’ve heard of this because I’ve had so many people sending me this article from North Africa and even some journalists and agents are calling from Morocco and Egypt asking me about it,” the coach said.

“But honesty, as flattering as it is – because Wydad is a very big club – I’m fully committed to Sundowns at the moment. Maybe if you speak to my agent, he might know because I really don’t know where this speculation comes from and I don’t want to comment least my comment leads to further speculation. I’m truly happy at Sundowns.”

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The 35-year-old returned to Downs in July last year after three years away – first as the assistant coach at Orlando Pirates, then briefly as the head coach before the club seconded him to Chippa United, where he was also the head coach.

Mokwena rejoined Pitso Mosimane and Mngqithi, signing a four-year contract, just in time to be part of Downs’ league and Nedbank cup title wins in the bio-bubble to conclude the balance of the 2019/20 season.

Mosimane was poached by Al Ahly in October last year and wanted Mokwena by his side in Egypt, but the latter was soon after confirmed as co-coach with Mngqithi.   

Story by @superjourno

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