Rulani Mokwena with Sundowns at Casablanca. Image via X @iDiskiTimes

Mokwena aims to outshine Mosimane’s legacy

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena aims to win the CAF Champions League within two years, seeking patience from fans.


Rulani Mokwena with Sundowns at Casablanca. Image via X @iDiskiTimes

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has set his sights on delivering the club’s second CAF Champions League title within the next two years.

The 36-year-old tactician, who is halfway through his four-year contract with the Brazilians, believes he has what it takes to guide the team to continental glory.

A Different Perspective on the Champions League

Speaking to the media after Sundowns’ 2-1 victory over Sekhukhune United in the DStv Premiership, Mokwena shared his unique outlook on the Champions League.

“I have the feeling that we don’t understand the Champions League. I look at the Champions League with a different perspective because I have been here before,” he said.

Mokwena served as an assistant coach to former Sundowns manager Pitso Mosimane, who spent eight years at the helm before leading the club to their first Champions League title in 2016.

In comparison, Mokwena has already steered Sundowns to consecutive Champions League semifinals in his first two seasons.

The Pedigree of the Final Four

The young coach highlighted the impressive pedigree of the remaining teams in the competition. “If you look at the profile of the teams in the Champions League, there are 21 titles among the last four. Al Ahly with 11, TP Mazembe with five, Esperance with four and then Sundowns with one,” Mokwena stated.

He called for patience and support from the Sundowns faithful, emphasising that success in the Champions League is not a given. “Now, what gives us the right to think it’s just going to be a walk in the park and win the competition? We have to work hard for it,” he added.

The Esperance Challenge

Sundowns face a stern test in their semifinal second leg against Esperance at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Friday. The South African champions need to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, with a 2-0 victory securing their place in the final. A 1-0 win would see the tie decided by penalties.

Mokwena is confident that his team has the quality and character to rise to the occasion. “We will do our best to overturn the results at home and qualify for the final,” he assured supporters.

The Road Ahead

With two years remaining on his contract, Mokwena is determined to deliver the Champions League title to Chloorkop. He has called for patience and backing from the Sundowns supporters as he navigates the challenges of Africa’s premier club competition.

The journey continues on Friday as Mamelodi Sundowns look to keep their Champions League aspirations alive against a formidable Esperance side. Under Mokwena’s guidance, the Brazilians are on a mission to etch their name on the continent’s biggest stage once more.