Top 5 coaches who can replace Rulani Mokwena at Mamelodi Sundowns

With Mamelodi Sundowns having confirmed the departure of head coach Rulani Mokwena, Afrik-Foot looks at five potential replacements for the vacant position.

Sundowns officially announced that they had parted ways with Mokwena on Wednesday afternoon after the talks between the two parties were held at the beginning of the week.

The club also announced that, for the time being, the senior coach Manqoba Mngqithi would be in charge of preparations for next season.


1 – Pitso Mosimane

While the ongoing court case between the club and ‘Jingles’ throws a wrench in this possibility, Mamelodi Sundowns undoubtedly recognise Mosimane's capabilities and might be willing to make concessions to bring him back.

After all, their ultimate goal is the CAF Champions League, Africa's most prestigious trophy. Mosimane boasts three titles in this competition, including the one he secured with Sundowns in 2016.

Currently unattached after his contract expired with Abha Club of Saudi Arabia at the end of the season, the former Bafana Bafana coach could be a tempting option for Sundowns.

2 – Manqoba Mngqithi 

As previously mentioned, Mngqithi has, so long, been tasked with responsibility to prepare the team for the upcoming season.

During their co-coaching period with Mokwena, Manqithi emerged as the decisive voice when there was no consensus.

His extensive tenure with the club since 2014 positions him well. He possesses a deep understanding of the club culture and familiarity with the players and internal dynamics.

These factors make him a strong contender for the head coach position.

3 – Patrice Carteron

The French tactician is currently spearheading Um Salal SC in the Qatar Stars League having taken the helm at the beginning of the previous season. He became the first coach to be linked with Sundowns after Mokwena’s exit.

He boasts a successful track record in Africa having overseen the likes of TP Mazembe, Al Ahly, Zamalek, and Raja Casablanca.

His impressive tenure includes a CAF Champions League trophy success with TP Mazembe in the 2014/15 season. He also added two CAF Super Cups, an Egyptian Super Cup, and the Egyptian Premier League title to his trophy cabinet.

Top 5 coaches who can replace Rulani Mokwena at Mamelodi Sundowns
Patrice Carteron – Photo by Icon Sport

4 – Miguel Cardoso

Cardoso made his name in South Africa when he helped his current club Esperence de Tunis to eliminate Sundowns from Champions League in the semifinals last season.

The 52-year-old has had managerial stints at Rio Ave twice, Shaktar Donetsk, FC Nantes, Celta de Vigo, and AEK Athens.

He has won the Ukrainian Premier League and Cup titles and most recently guided Esperance to the Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle glory.

According to the reports, he’s one of the names that are currently in consideration for the position.

5 – Benni McCarthy 

Benni McCarthy's time at Manchester United appears to be over, as reports suggest Ruud van Nistelrooy will be taking over the striker's coach role.

The 46-year-old, McCarthy was linked with Kaizer Chiefs prior to the appointment of Nasreddine Nabi, however, the move didn’t materialise.

Having been at a big club like Man United and knowing his experience with local clubs. He shouldn't be overlooked. McCarthy could be a strong candidate to take the reins at a big club like Sundowns.

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