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Pitso – Rulani Would’ve Won CAFCL With Sundowns

Former Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane believes Rulani Mokwena would’ve delivered the second star for Masandawana, had he not been sacked.

Last week, Sundowns parted ways with Mokwena in news that sent shockwaves through the South African football fraternity after he had lifted two trophies in 2023/24 and finished the DStv Premiership with a record-breaking 73 points – and one game short of invincible status.

However, according to Sundowns’ parting statement, the club’s board made their decision after considering their “objectives and expectations”, indicating Mokwena didn’t reach all targets as set out in his contract.

Mosimane, meanwhile, who appointed Mokwena as his assistant back in 2014, moving him from the junior structures to the senior team, believes his former protege was very close to the second star.

“Now, I was thinking that Rulani is very close to winning the CAF Champions League. I’m not saying Sundowns can never win the Champions League when Rulani is not there or I’m not there,” Mosimane stated.

“It’s a question of when Sundowns are going to win the Champions League, I mean, when you go to the semi-final twice, you will end up in the final. And when you are in the final, you might as well win it.

“I mean, let’s be honest. Kaizer Chiefs played against Al Ahly in the final, and I was the coach. It’s not long; it’s three years back. Chiefs beat Wydad, and Sundowns have beaten Wydad before, I know that’s what he wants.”

Mosimane also addressed Mokwena’s side breaking the PSL points record by his team in 2015/16.

“We spoke about records being broken. I’m happy that Rulani has broken the record we left. It’s not my record; it’s Sundowns’ record, and it’s not Rulani’s record; it’s the club’s record,” continued Mosimane.

“We are coaches, we are employed and paid to do that (break records). Under his leadership, Sundowns got 73 points, and we got 71 points, 21 wins from 30 matches. Now, I thought another South African would give us a star again.

“Rulani was the one man for me, he was the one.”

Mokwena has been heavily linked with a big money move to North African giants Wydad Casablanca who are expected to conclude a deal with the former Orlando Pirates assistant coach in the not-so distant future.

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