Rhulani Mokwena: Moroccan giants table massive offer for ex-Mamelodi Sundowns coach

The 37-year-old tactician has a big decision to make after the North Africans’ approach

Rhulani Mokwena is reportedly close to finalising a deal with Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca.

Mokwena is without a job after his shock departure from Mamelodi Sundowns early this month and reports in Morocco say he has been offered a three-year contract to become the club’s new coach.

The 37-year-old will also be allowed to bring in his own backroom staff at the club which endured a tough 2023-24 season that saw them finish a disappointing sixth in the Morocco Pro League.

The Wydad Casablanca delegation met Mokwena in Paris

As per Moroccan outlet 360Sport, the Wydad delegation, led by deputy president Hicham Ait Menna, met Mokwena in Paris on July 8 to thrash out the modalities of the deal.

Rhulani Mokwena Mamelodi Sundowns

Whether Mokwena agreed to take over is still not known but the club have made him their first option with a contract now on the table for him to sign.

Mokwena led Sundowns to back-to-back PSL titles as head coach, as well as the African Football League last season, while reaching the CAF Champions League semi-final on both occasions.

Mokwena implemented an attractive style at Sundowns

He won 60 of his 91 matches in charge while managing 22 draws and losing nine. He also implemented an attractive style of play that was lauded across the continent, one of the reasons the Moroccan giants are interested in his services.

The tactician reportedly fell out with Sporting Director Flemming Berg and opted to leave the Brazilians when he realised he did not have much say on a lot of football-related matters at the club, especially player transfers.

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