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Tanzanian giants shortlist Rulani Mokwena for head coaching job, will he leave Mamelodi Sundowns?

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Nov 2, 2021

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena has made the shortlist of potential head coach’s at Tanzanian giants Simba SC.

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Mokwena became the youngest coach to win the MTN 8 Cup, following Sundowns’ over Cape Town City in the tournament final on Saturday evening. 

Mokwena attracting interest the continent

It now turns out that, with that particular victory in the bag, Mokwena was not only further enhancing his reputation in the country, but also beyond the South African borders. That is because according to reports from Goal.com , Mokwena has attracted the interest of Tanzanian giants Simba.

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Goal can exclusively reveal the Wekundu wa Msimbazi have whittled down a list of 100 coaches who wanted to replace fired Didier Gomes Da Rosa to four and they are Mokwena, Serbian Milovan Cirkovic, former Zimbabwe coach Zdravko Logarusic, and ex-Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer.

Simba CEO speaks

“Simba CEO Barbara Gonzalez has revealed why the 34-year-old South African coach (Mokwena) , who currently handles the Brazilians as co-coach with Manqoba Mnqgithi and is the son of former Pirates player Julias Sono, and nephew to Jomo Sono, is the favourite to take charge of the local giants.”

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“Our target now is to hire an African coach and not from Europe, the issue of the coach does not need rushing, we know we don’t have a full-time coach now, but we are working on it,” Gonzalez told MwanaSpoti as quoted by Sokalabongo.

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“We don’t want to rush [to get a new coach], you can get a coach with experience and a good CV but he will not be able to treat our problems and it means the problems [we still have] will remain and cannot be sorted, so that is why we don’t want to make a quick decision on the decision to hire a new coach.” Wrote the publication on the Mokwena matter. 

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Gonzales then went as far as name dropping Mokwena’s name and hinted that a coaching appointment will be made imminently regardless of who it is. 

Name dropps Mokwena

“Whether he will be Rhulani [Mokwena] or someone else will be known in a short time, but the club’s goal is to get a coach from Africa and not a white man like that.” 

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When Gonzales goes deeper into her description, it then further intensifies the possibility of Mokwena being the preferred candidate

“We want a coach from Africa who has not achieved much or even if he has achieved he can suit in our system in a short period of time, we want a coach who will be hungry for success, a coach who will want to deliver and build his name, and a coach we will work with for long term plans with the club,” she said 

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