Mosimane confirms leaving Sundowns, SA predicts Rulani succeeds him

Mosimane confirms leaving Sundowns, SA predicts Rulani succeeds him

- Pitso Mosimane has confirmed the news that he resigned as the head coach of the Mamelodi Sundowns

- The outspoken coach said he made the decision with "sadness" but accepted an offer with an international team

- After news broke about Mosimane's departure from the Brazilians, Rulani Mokwena started trending online

- Some believe the former Pirates assistant coach will take over from Mosimane

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Pitso Mosimane announced with "a sense of pain and sadness" that he has left the Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mosimane confirmed earlier reports that he left the Sundowns only weeks after bagging another South African championship. The reports claimed that the outspoken coach is set to join Al Ahly to replace Rene Weiler.

Although Mosimane confirmed news that he stepped down as the Brazilian's coach, he did not reveal whether or not he signed a deal with the Egyptian team.

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Mosimane confirms leaving Sundowns, SA predicts Rulani succeeds him
It's official, Pitso Mosimane has resigned as the head coach of the Brazilians and many think he will be succeeded by Rulani Mokwena. Photo: @therealpitsomosimane, @coach_rulani / Twitter.
Source: Twitter

Part of his statement read:

"It is with a sense of pain and sadness that I announce my departure from Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club. I have accepted an offer to join an international team."

Take a look at his statement below:

Patrice Motsepe has reportedly accepted Mosimane's resignation even though he still had a four-year deal with the football club.

Motsepe's statement read:

"Pitso Mosimane and his agent‚ Moira Tlhagale‚ who is also his wife‚ came to brief me on the discussions between Pitso Mosimane and a top Egyptian club. Sundowns has been aware of the ongoing discussions between Pitso Mosimane and the Egyptian club and with other North African clubs.
"I have on several occasions over the past few years expressed my support for Pitso Mosimane leaving Sundowns to coach in North Africa or Europe or Bafana Bafana.
“Football players and coaches have at times an uncertain and inconsistent future and must pursue new opportunities where they may grow and receive greater remuneration. I have received a warm and emotional note from Pitso and am very proud of his achievements at Mamelodi Sundowns.

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"Pitso has been the most successful coach in the history of Sundowns and will always be a member of the Mamelodi Sundowns Family. I wish him‚ Moira and his family everything of the very best and I hope to see him coaching in Europe soon.”

Shortly after news broke about Mosimane's resignation, Rulani Mokwena started trending online. Fans think the former Pirates assistant coach might be the one to take over the reins.

Only a couple months ago, reported Rulani joined the Sundowns after leaving the Orlando Pirates.

Meanwhile, in other news, tennis superstar Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open. This comes after the 39-year-old suffered an Achilles tendon injury at the US Open semi-final against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

The mother of one said she was "struggling to walk" and that she needed four to six weeks to recover from the injury. Williams added that it's more than likely that she won't play another tournament for the rest of 2020.

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Williams has had a past of health scares with a pulmonary embolism causing a clot in her lung back in 2011. She has not given any indication that she would retire any time soon and she is expected to return for the Australian Open in 2021.

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