Former Mamelodi Sundowns Head Coach Pitso Mosimane has shared his sadness following the news of Rulani Mokwena parting ways with Sundowns.

Mokwena was brought to the Brazilians as an assistant coach during Mosimane’s tenure with the Pretoria side. He then took over the reins alongside Steve Komphela and Manqoba Mngqithi when Pitso left to join Egyptian giants Al Ahly in late 2020.

The 59-year-old was speaking to SABC Sport during the Engen Knockout Challenge, he expressed his disapproval of Mokwena’s exit adding that he was instrumental during his spell in turning things around together with Mngqithi which resulted in Downs winning nine league titles in eleven years and their first CAF Champions League trophy.

“I get emotional with this thing of Rulani because I know Rulani. You have been there on my journey with Rulani. I was so humbled and appreciated that a little bit of contribution that I put when I came to Mamelodi Sundowns, I brought over coach Manqoba, I brought over coach Rulani that they must help me in the process of building and making a better team that can compete in the continent that was the vision and I think we can all say that we’ve achieved that vision. We need to give credit to the people who contributed. I didn’t do it alone, I had them on my side as my generals, my assistants to help me and they’ve helped me.”

In a shocking turn of events, Sundowns announced that they are parting ways with Mokwena on 3 July despite the 37-year-old tactician winning 60 games, playing 22 draws, and suffering 9 defeats out of the 91 games with him at the helm. He won four trophies and averaged 2.22 points per game.