Sundowns have confirmed that coach Rulani Mokwena has departed the club but insist the decision was ‘not influenced on the recommendation of any individual’.

Mokwena led Masandawana to a seventh consecutive league title last season while they also lost in the Nedbank Cup final to Orlando Pirates.

There have been suggestions that Mokwena’s relationship with Sundowns sporting director Flemming Berg had broken down over a disagreement over player transfers.

Mokwena had a stellar record with Masandawana, leading the side to 60 wins in 91 games across all competitions while in sole charge while only losing nine.

Sundowns have confirmed that assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi will continue preparing the team for the upcoming season.

A statement from Mamelodi Sundowns said: “Sundowns wishes to express its gratitude to Rhulani Mokwena for his contribution to the successes and achievements of the Club during his tenure as Head Coach.

“Rhulani Mokwena will forever be part of the Mamelodi Sundowns Family and the club wishes him all of the very best with his future endeavours. .

“The decision of Mamelodi Sundowns was taken by the Board taking into account the objectives and expectations of the Club and was not influenced or based on the recommendation of any individual associated with the Club.

“Sundowns is deeply committed to the development and growth of South African coaches and players.

“Coach Manqoba Mngqithi and the Technical Team will continue to lead and take control of the training and preparation of the players for the upcoming season.

“Mamelodi Sundowns is preparing and focusing on competing in all the upcoming competitions and is honoured to be one of four Football Clubs representing the African Continent in the historic FIFA Club World Cup 2025.”