North African coach responds on links with Sundowns head coach role

A North African coach has commented on links to the vacant Mamelodi Sundowns head coach position, previously held by Rulani Mokwena.

The Tshwane-based club has yet to replace Mokwena who, surprisingly, parted ways with them last week. They have just brought in Steve Komphela who will assume a Senior Coach role.

Manqoba Mngqithi is currently leading in guiding the team in preparations for the next season. 

Egyptian coach Moamen Soliman is among a few candidates that have been linked with Masandawana. 

Soliman currently manages Al-Shorta SC, where he recently secured their seventh league title and a domestic cup victory.

Soliman says Sundowns links are just “rumours” and he would remain the head coach of Al-Shorta.


“I am continuing with Al-Shorta, and the Sundowns issue is a rumour,” he told Channel 4 Sports as quoted by Kooora.

“One of the agents spoke to me and there were no official negotiations, and the team recently announced its technical director.”

Meanwhile, he also admitted he didn’t expect to win the two trophies in his first season with the Iraq club.

“There are many factors of which I am a part, such as the team, the management, and the fans, and the last thing I expected was to win the two championships.”

“I played better football in the Libyan League than I did with Al-Shorta, but there was no success.

“I was telling my assistant coach, ‘May God give us something better.”

Meanwhile, Mngqithi’s agent recently hinted that the former Golden Arrows coach would take over as the head coach of the Brazilians.


“Manqoba was the Senior Coach assisting Rulani Mokwena,” he said on GagasiFM‘s Extra-Time on Monday.

“So, at this stage, Manqoba will take over as the Head Coach, and again it will be clarified over the weeks and months to come, and Steve Komphela returns as the Senior Coach.

“It’s always been the case that they’ve worked incredibly well together, they have enormous respect for each other.

“And I think it’s a very smart move by  Mamelodi Sundowns Sundowns to bring Steve back.”

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Nkosiyabuya Sithole

Nkosiyabuya Sithole, a young and rising sports journalist based in Durban, South Africa, harbors a deep passion for football. Nevertheless, he aspires to become a well-rounded journalist, adept in various areas of the field.

Nkosi's career began in 2020, working as a home-based writer during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has since written for various websites, including Briefly News, FiND-iT News, and The South African. Attending live sporting events is a particular pleasure for him, as they provide opportunities for interaction with sports personalities.

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