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Rulani Mokwena, head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns. Image: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns to sack Rulani Mokwena for playing boring football

Rulani Mokwena is to have his performance reviewed with members of the board said to be unhappy with the football played by Bafana Bafana Style.

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Rulani Mokwena, head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns. Image: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns will reportedly be reviewing the position of head coach Rulani Mokwena.

This comes despite the unprecedented success the club have enjoyed under his guidance.

Rulani Mokwena to get fired for playing boring football?

According to a report from Soccer Laduma, there is some concern about the style of football employed by Mokwena’s team.

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“Well-placed Siya sources have informed the crew that Mokwena’s future has come under the spotlight and that the club’s management is set to deeply assess the situation at the end of the 2023/24 season,” a Soccer Laduma report reads.

“This publication understands that among the concerns from management is the style of play that Sundowns have adopted, which has left a faction of the club’s board unsatisfied as well as the 37-year-old’s recent spats in the media – of which there have been many in recent times.”

TS Galaxy take Sundowns to court over coach’s comments

Mokwena has made headlines recently when he suggested that one of his players was targeted in a match against TS Galaxy.

Galaxy has since taken legal steps against Mokwena and Sundowns after failing to receive an apology or retraction from the parties involved.

“The impugning statements comprise untrue and defamatory statements pertaining to the club and is indeed per se defamatory of the club, its players, head coach, technical team, players, staff and management as well as its supporters,” read the document sent by Galaxy to Sundowns and Mokwena as published by SABC Sport.

“In the circumstances, we are instructed to demand, as we hereby do, that Mr Mokwena and, by extension, Sundowns immediately retract the impugning statements and publish an unconditional, prominent and appropriate public apology [in the terms agreed to by the club] in both videographic and written forms, which should be prominently published on all prominent football social and other media platforms [including that of Sundowns], be it print and/or electronic.” 

Bafana Bafana’s coach is upset with Mokwena as well

Mokwena has also gone up against SAFA and Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos but recently said he had no interest in meeting with the national team coach.

“I’m not in talks with SAFA. I don’t have a relationship with the coach of SAFA, so I focus on what I can,” said Mokwena, according to Hollywood Bets Blog.

“I don’t want to fight nobody because once I start talking about those things, it is as though I am fighting.

“I’d rather stay out of that space and manage what I can manage, which is my players, and try my level best to make sure that they are fit, strong and that they are enjoying their football and improving,” Mokwena added.