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Mokwena Breaks Silence On Downs Exit

Former Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has revealed he didn’t want to leave the club, insisting his “hand was forced” after the club announced his “amicable departure”.

On Wednesday, Sundowns sent the South African football fraternity into a frenzy by confirming Mokwena’s surprise exit, as reported by this website on Tuesday.

The club stated the decision was made by the club’s board after considering their “objectives and expectations”, indicating Mokwena didn’t reach all targets as set out in his contract.

The news has shocked many in SA football after Mokwena and Sundowns won the inaugural African Football League, winning the seventh DStv Premiership title and breaking Pitso Mosimane’s points record, reaching two domestic cup finals and qualifying for the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup after reaching back-to-back CAF Champions League semi-finals.

Mokwena addressed his exit in an exclusive interview with Robert Marawa on Radio 947, which was ironically still arranged when he was Masandawana coach.

“You get a phone call and you have to come into a meeting and discuss where the team is, discuss where the team was, you have to discuss where things went right and celebrate the achievement and you’ve got to discuss the failures,” he said when asked to detail how he found out of the club’s decision.

“Those were discussed and then after it was decided to mutually separate. And I didn’t want to leave, I have to make that clear that I didn’t want to leave.

“My hand was forced. But there is a lot of things I can’t talk about, I’ve signed a confidentiality clause that prohibits from speaking me about some of the details.

“I hope you understand and accept that there are things that I cannot disclose because if I do, I get in a lot of trouble.”

Mokwena departs Sundowns after 91 games as head coach, winning 60 and losing just nine. He won three trophies as head coach, including back-to-back league titles and seven overall in the dugout for the Yellow Nation.

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