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Major Update On Wydad’s Mokwena Pursuit

Wydad Athletic Club have intensified their pursuit of Rulani Mokwena as they look to finalise a deal as their next head coach this week.

Mokwena has been tabled a two-year contract by the Botola Pro giants who endured a dismal 2023/24 season, finishing outside the top four of the league.

Having been pipped to the inaugural African Football League (AFL) by Mamelodi Sundowns, where Mokwena was leading the Brazilians, it was a rather dismal campaign, as they failed to advance out the group stages of the CAF Champions League or compete for the Throne Cup with Adil Ramzi and Faouzi Benzarti being sacked in the same season.

When Mokwena became available after his parting ways with Sundowns this month, he immediately became a prime target for the club, and several North African giants, with Algerian club USM Alger having made an approach, but rejected.

Nabil Maaloul, Jan Halvor Halvorsen and Laurențiu Reghecampf were among the names short-listed but with the drive of the club’s supporters calling for Mokwena, the priorities for interim President Hicham Ait Menna quickly changed its course.

Menna, who is looking to secure the role on a permanent basis, following the exit of controversial Said Naciri, currently embroiled in a legal battle, has heeded their desire for one of the most promising tacticians on the continent.

iDiski Times have been informed by reliable sources that his representative Steven Kapeluschnik is currently in Casablanca, aiming to conclude the deal after trips to Algeria and Egypt over the last few days.

However, despite more than two weeks since the first contract, Mokwena, who’s struggled to enter the country due to visa issues, has asked for assurances on the sporting project, seeking to have a tour of the facilities and listen to the club’s transfer plans before committing to the offer.

The Red Castle hierarchy are ready to meet his demands and preparing a special welcome on Thursday, with the hope of luring Mokwena to the three-time African champions.

Story by Lorenz Kohler (@Lorenz_KO).

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.