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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 17:04

Rhulani Mokwena's association with Sundowns comes to an end abruptly.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed the departure of head coach Rhulani Mokwena, ending speculation about his future at Chloorkop.

Fullview leart a strained relationship with Sporting Director Flemming Berg over the style of play and transfer strategy was among the leading contributors to his exit.

Just one season into his new four-year contract, Mokwena was offered a settlement on the remainder of his contract.

"Mamelodi Sundowns and Rhulani Mokwena amicably concluded an agreement bringing to an end Rhulani Mokwena’s employment as head coach," the club said in a statement.

"Sundowns wishes to express its gratitude to Rhulani Mokwena for his contribution to the successes and achievements of the club during his tenure as head coach.

"Rhulani Mokwena will forever be part of the Mamelodi Sundowns Family and the club wishes him all of the very best with his future endeavours," the club added.

"The decision of Mamelodi Sundowns was taken by the board taking into account the objectives and expectations of the club and was not influenced or based on the recommendation of any individual associated with the club.

"Sundowns is deeply committed to the development and growth of South African coaches and players."

There have been reports that Sundowns could appoint former Al Ahly coach Patrice Carteron as Mokwena's replacement.

Mokwena claimed 60 wins in 91 games across all competitions while in sole charge, losing just nine of those, and also won the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup, both as co-coach with Mngqithi.