Agent clarifies Manqoba Mngqithi’s next role at Sundowns after Mokwena’s exit

The agent of Manqoba Mangqithi has shed light on his client’s next role at Mamelodi Sundowns following the departure of Rulani Mokwena.

Masandawana are restructuring their technical team having parted ways with head coach Mokwena in the midweek.

In their statement announcing Mokwena's exit, the club revealed that Mngqithi would be in charge of the team during the pre-season training.

On Saturday, the Tshwane giants announced a shock return of Steve Komphela to the club. He will assume his role as Senior Coach, a position previously held by Mngqithi under Mokwena's leadership.

In their statement announcing Komphela, Sundowns stated he would “assist Manqoba Mngqithi and the Technical Team”, leaving questions around Mngqithi’s next role.

Interestingly, neither of the club's statements mentioned seeking a replacement head coach from outside the organisation.

Mike Makaab, the representative of Mngqithi, has made it clear that the former Golden Arrows coach will not be appointed as either a head coach or an assistant coach.

However, he confirmed that he’ll have “unique position” within the coaching department.

AGENT ON WHAT WILL BE MANQOBA MNGQITHI’S NEXT ROLE AT MAMELODI SUNDOWNS

“It’s a different position that I can’t discuss, it’s not an assistant, but not a head coach, it’s something pretty different but on the coaching side, which I think is unique in South African football but not unique to European football,” said Makaab on Extra-time on Gagasi FM.

“I am confident that during the course of this week we will finalise a deal for Manqoba,” he added. 

“The majority of the terms of the agreement have been agreed and it obviously it was difficult for us, probably more difficult for Mamelodi Sundowns to bring it to finality because we didn’t know what was happening behind the scenes, and Mamelodi Sundowns obviously knew that these discussions were on-going with coach Rulani.

“I guess that’s why there has been this delay, I am hoping that, now that the dust is starting to settle, cause it’s a big change, we’ll finally put pen to paper and put all of this speculation aside.”

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