Rulani Mokwena turned down several coaching offers, including two from clubs outside the country, before he agreed to a shock return to Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Siya crew broke the news on Wednesday morning that the young tactician was on his way back to Chloorkop having left to join Orlando Pirates as an assistant coach to Micho Sredojevic three seasons ago.
He is expected to join them later this week at the Royal Marang Hotel in Rustenburg as Sundowns prepare for the resumption of the league.
But most recently, Mokwena spent the last three months at Chippa United, but walked away at the end of his contract on June 30.
Black Leopards and AmaZulu are understood to be the two clubs in the Premier Soccer League to have asked Mokwena about his availability, while Botswana’s Township Rollers and Nkana FC in Zambia also enquired.
Mokwena turned down these advances, opting to return to Sundowns, where he was part of a successful technical team that – led by Mosimane – delivered the CAF Champions League in 2016 before he joined Pirates a year later.
During his spell with the Buccaneers, he and Sredojevic were joined at the hip, running Sundowns close in the championship chase for two season in a row until the Serbian quit unexpectedly in August last year.
Mokwena was then appointed interim coach until November when the club hired German mentor Josef Zinnbauer, but the two, reportedly, did not see eye to eye.
It’s what eventually led to his “secondment” to Chippa, but now looks for a fresh start at Sundowns as he reunites with Mosimane and Manqoba Mnqgithi, the other assistant coach, as both have recently signed four-year contracts.
Story by @superjourno
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