Sundowns Rulani Mokwena

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena at the Mbombela Stadium against TS Galaxy. Image: BackpagePix

Sundowns: ‘Rulani is not appreciated’ – Modise

Does Rulani Mokwena earn due respect? Former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns star Teko Modise does not think so.

Sundowns Rulani Mokwena

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena at the Mbombela Stadium against TS Galaxy. Image: BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has been delivering success, yet he, and a host of local coaches are not given due respect, says Teko Modise.


According to Modise, local football decision-makers need to show better belief in coaches like Thabo September of Chippa United, Mabhudi Khenyeza of Golden Arrows and Richard Bay’s Vusumuzi Vilakazi. Modise has suggested that they could be the next Mokwena‘s.

“In SA, we hardly praise our own. We’ve been seeing so many coaches in the past, older coaches with older methods,” the former Sundowns star Modise said via FARPost.

“You can imagine we have Thabo September on the bench, we had Mabhuti Khenyeza also and coach [Vusimuzi] Vilakazi. We want to see these young coaches grow and change the SA game.

“Once you have a successful young coach, it always inspires the other ones. The reason why I feel like coach Rulani is not given his flowers is he hasn’t lost many league matches. That’s over [a period of] two years.

“Look at how many players are getting better at that club. He will never get the credit until he’s no longer at Mamelodi Sundowns. Coach Pitso Mosimane it was the same thing until he went to Al Ahly.

“I remember saying coach Rulani was the best coach when he went to Chippa United, that was in the 2017/18 season. Then people said I was crazy and started criticising me. I knew what I was talking about,” the former Orlando Pirates and Sundowns attacker concluded.


Maema, 28, moved to Kabo Yellow in July 2021. This season, the Bloemfontein-born star has only made 16 appearances in the league, half them were as a substitute. According to the player known as “Billy,” this all comes with the territory of playing for a team like Sundowns.

“When you come to a big club, you get into a competitive space, and this is mainly the situation you find yourself in when you come to a big team,” Maema said via SABC Sport.

“But these situations make you strong – not as a footballer but as a man, and we are growing, so I’ve taken it as it comes.

“Credit must go to the players that have been performing, I’ve been supporting them and I’ve been a very good teammate – this is what happens at a big club,” he added.

“Season-in and season-out, you won’t get to be as happy with your performances, obviously you’re going to have some bad days, but it doesn’t mean I’m a bad player,” the former Bleomfontein Celtic star added.


“I know there was a lot of speculation of what was the reason [for a rift] between myself and the coach – nothing was going,” the Sundowns attacker added.

“It was just me trying to make sure that I compete, and I was off form – it wasn’t a secret, and I’ve been trying to get myself slowly back to my performance of old,” Maema concluded.