The last thing Mamelodi Sundowns need right now is an unstable situation.
Following the departure of head coach Pitso Mosimane to Al Ahly of Egypt, it’s undoubtedly a massive blow for the Brazilians. It seemingly puts breaks on Project2024, which was mooted after Mosimane renewed his contract by signing a 4-year deal in May.
Sundowns are looking to maintain their dominance after winning the treble in the 2019/20 campaign and to do that, they need the new men in charge – Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena – to continue where Mosimane left off when he abandoned ship to move to North Africa.
Firstly, Motsepe and the board took the right decision to maintain consistency in the technical team by handing over the coaching reigns to Mngqithi and Mokwena, who both served under Mosimane.
However, it’s probably not the best decision to make them joint coaches “with the opinion of Manqoba Mngqithi prevailing when there isn’t consensus.” Admittedly, it worked some years when Neil Tovey and Miguel Gamondi delivered the League in the 2006/07 season.
That said, Sundowns’ statement makes it clear Mngqithi is in charge, because he makes the final decision when the joint coaches cannot reach a consensus. So, why not make Mngqithi the head coach and Mokwena the assistant?
Motsepe and the Sundowns board are complicating matters, unnecessarily. Consider that Mngqithi was previously a head coach at Golden Arrows and won the MTN8 in 2009.
Mokwena is an astute coach and was given the task at Orlando Pirates and Chippa United, but over short periods of time. While Mokwena had left Sundowns to pursue other opportunities, Mngqithi had remained at Chloorkop.
Mngqithi is not only older, but most importantly, has more experience than Mokwena at the highest level.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa