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Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach says he wanted to continue as the head coach but his hand was forced.

After his departure at Mamelodi Sundowns early this week, Rulani Mokoena emphasized that he didn’t want to leave but his hand was forced after the club announced that they agreed to go separate ways. Sundowns decision was announced by the board after considering their objectives and expectations, stating that he he failed to reach all the targets.

Previous season, Rulani managed to win seventh DSTV Premiership League and African Football League (AFL) while setting a new record of 73 points in the Premier Soccer League(PSL). He also managed to rich the domestic cup finals twice and losing both to Orlando Pirates in the form of MTN8 and Nedbank Cup, while he also helped the club to reach FIFA Club World Cup after he losing on the Semi-Finals of CAF champions League at the hands of Esperance Sportive de Tunis.

After his shock dismissal at the helm of Bafana ba Style, Rulani shared what lead to his departure despite having Three Years left on the contract he signed last year

Mokoena said ” You get phone call and you have to come into a meeting and discuss where the team is. You have to discuss where things went right and celebrate the achievement and you have to discuss the failures, Those were discussed and then after, it was decided to mutually separate. I didn’t want to leave. I have to make it clear that I didn’t want to leave. I hope you understand and accept that there are things that I cannot disclose because if I do, I get in a lot of trouble.”

Mokoena says that he doesn’t think his future is decided by one man and his relationship with Sporting Director Flemming Berg and he was let down when the club failed to secure the signature of Orlando Pirates striker Tshegofatso Mabasa in January.

Mokoena said ” No, I doubt it because I don’t think the club is run by one person. It is not a one-person club. I don’t think it was a one person decision. I must say I was supported and the club was good to me throughout….. and of course, sometimes like in January, everybody knows because I have spoken in the press conferences and said we have a little bit of a crisis with the strikers.”

” And we are looking for a striker. And everybody knew which striker I wanted and he went on to finish as a top goal scorer. But that’s football.”


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