Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Isaac Chansa has heaped praise on Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena after the excellent work the 36-year-old tactician has done for his club so far.
Masandawana’s recent form marks a sensational turnaround in fortunes for Mokwena after a tough start to his career as a sole coach at Orlando Pirates and Chippa United between 2019 and 2020.
Mokwena’ Sundowns side are 23 points clear at the top of the DStv Premiership table, though they played more two games more than other teams. The Brazilians are unbeaten in their last 14 league fixtures and are currently favorites with the bookmakers to lift their sixth consecutive title.
Chansa says Mokwena should be given credit and his impressive run should be applauded.
“What did we expect from someone who was an assistant coach to coach Pitso Mosimane? Mokwena has learnt a lot while Mosimane was there. Hence, he’s succeeding now,” Chansa told Thisisfootball.Africa.
“He is keeping that Sundowns winning boat going. Mokwena is tactical intelligent, and we must say it as it is. Look at what he did at Pirates while he was there, the team was playing very well despite not winning much.
“He is young and intelligent. His tactics are extremely good, and he loves learning because he takes his job seriously. He was obviously going to be a top coach because he has learnt from the Africa’s best coach.
The treble winner with the Buccaneers has also credited Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli Jeddah boss, Pitso Mosimane for polishing Mokwena during his time at the Tshwane giants. He believes Mokwena is an apprentice of Mosimane.
“Wow, wow my brother, what a great coach. I believe coach Rulani learnt a lot from Mosimane, credit to him. He has proven himself already, he’s a top tactician,” the Zambian international added.
“We are blessed to have him in Africa. We must be proud of him, Pitso has won everything, and I hope he will show his capabilities in Saudi Arabia.
“Look at coach Rulani at Sundowns, he’s excelling because he was taught by this great coach. It’s good to see our African coaches doing this. Let’s give coach Mosimane some credit.”