Five facts every Sundowns fan must know about Rhulani Mokwena

Five facts every Sundowns fan must know about Rhulani Mokwena
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Rhulani Mokwena is a South African football manager who is the current manager of Mamelodi Sundowns.

He has worked with several teams and under several assistants, that's why he is so good at his job.

He was born on 9 January 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Let's get to know some facts about one of the youngest and talented coaches in the Premier Soccer League and in the world right now.

Rhulani Mokwena, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns
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Five facts every Sundowns fan must know about Rhulani Mokwena

We know that not every fan of Mamelodi Sundowns is aware of every detail about their club's coach. These five things about Rhulani will increase your knowledge about him.

Mokwena comes from a family of footballers

He is the son of former Orlando Pirates player Julias Sono, and nephew to Jomo Sono, Mokwena hails from a footballing family and started his professional coaching career in the youth systems at Silver Stars, before first serving as an assistant manager at Mamelodi Sundowns. In 2019, he became an interim manager of Orlando Pirates, holding the position for five months, before being appointed as the head coach at Chippa United the next year.

After leaving Chippa United, he co-coached Mamelodi Sundowns from 2020-2022 before taking over the helm as main manager.

A coach who was never a footballer

His first emergence to the football scene was when he played for Silver Stars, currently known as platinum stars. He honed his skills under coaches such as Steve Komphela, Cavin Johnson, and Allan Freese during his youth years.

While the 36-year-old Rulani Mokwena comes from a family of footballers, he himself wasn't one. Failing to advance beyond youth football, the Johannesburg native attended school, following which his parents insisted on him pursuing a career in law which he later did not but opted to pursue a career in coaching which he is one today.

Rhulani Mokwena, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns
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Rhulani Mokwena's salary

Masandawana fans might be wondering how much the club's coach earns monthly. Currently, as a club manager for Mamelodi Sundowns, Rhulani Mokwena earns R650k per month.

Rhulani Mokwena is a record equalling and setting coach

The Brazilians under Rhulani have equalled an 18-year-old record to take their win tally to 31 games unbeaten in the league. A feat that was held by Kaizer Chiefs since 2005.

Sundowns have won seven league matches since the start of the 2023/24 season, another record that was also held by Amakhosi since 2015.

Mokwena has won one PSL title

In May 2023, Rhulani Mokwena won his first PSL title as a manager for Mamelodi Sundowns. The win extended the club's success in the league to six consecutive seasons. He is on course to win his first MTN8 title for Masandawana on Saturday, 7 October 2023.

This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago

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