Former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper and captain Dennis Onyango’s employers Mamelodi Sundowns made a reshuffle in the technical team, bringing an end to the co-coach type of management.
When Pitso Mosimane left the club in 2020 to join Egyptian giants Al Ahly, Rulani Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqithi took over as co-coaches.
Later, Steve Komphela was appointed as a senior coach but changes have now been made involving all three members.
After the restructuring of the technical team, Mokwena assumes the role of head coach fully, while Komphela has been promoted to the position of first-team coach.
Meanwhile, Mngqithi who was Mokwena’s co-coach, is now the senior coach a role previously held by Komphela.
“Mamelodi Sundowns announced today (Monday) the restructuring of its technical team and the changes in the responsibilities and employment positions of its coaches: Manqoba Mngqithi, Rulani Mokwena, and Steve Komphela,” the club statement read.
“These changes were necessitated by the poor performances and unconvincing victories that the club has experienced for quite some time.”
“Mamelodi Sundowns has a clear objective of becoming one of the most successful football clubs in Africa and its recent average and lackluster performances are contrary to this objective.”
“Rulani Mokwena will take over the responsibility of head coach at Sundowns, Steve Komphela will be promoted to the first team coach and Manqoba Mngqithi will be the senior coach, which is the position previously occupied by Steve Komphela.”
“The goalkeeper coach, Wendell Robinson, will stay in his current position. These changes are with immediate effect,” the statement concluded.
The South African giants were eliminated from the MTN8 at the semifinals stages following a 3-0 loss to Orlando Pirates on Sunday.
After 11 games in the Premier Soccer League, Sundowns are top of the 16-team log with 25 points, they defeated Maritzburg United 5-0 in Rulani’s first assignment as the full head coach.