Marlin: Why you can’t compare Mokwena to Mosimane at Mamelodi Sundowns


Former Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper, Calvin Marlin is adamant it’s too early to compare coach Rulani Mokwena to legendary mentor Pitso Mosimane.  

ThisIsFootball.Africa tracked down the current Cape Town Spurs goalkeeper coach to talk about Sundowns and if Mokwena will be better than Mosimane based on the former’s great start as a head coach at Chloorkop.

“At Mamelodi Sundowns there are a lot of stars, even from my time there and it has been like that since Patrice Motsepe took over and it is not easy to win games and titles because you have all the best players,” Marlin told ThisIsFootball.Africa  

“At times we struggled but right now they have found the right formula and it is working for them. Yes they are the best players but you still have to bring it all together. I know because we also had the best players and it wasn’t as easy but they have found the formula. They have won major trophies in South Africa, which includes the league and cups.” 

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This is the fifth time Masandawana have scored five goals or more in a match this season. No PSL team has ever scored five plus on more occasions in a single campaign, the only three other teams were Kaizer Chiefs’ squad in 1998-1999, Orlando Pirates in 1999-2000 and Chiefs again in 1996-1997, according to Opta Jabu.    

“I don’t think we can compare Rulani Mokwena to Pitso just yet because he has been successful at other clubs too, in Egypt and now he is in Saudi Arabia,” continued the former SuperSport United shot-stopper.  

“First Rulani must win a major trophy and then possibly go and coach another team. He has to leave Sundowns and be successful there too. I mean he is only getting started so it is early days, I can’t speak about his time at Orlando  Pirates because a lot of coaches have struggled there too. But for him to be considered better than Pitso Mosimane one day he will need to win trophies first and then go test himself at another, the way Pitso did.” 

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Rulani Mokwena has also now picked up 37 DStv Premiership points since taking over as Mamelodi Sundowns head coach after the 10th match day. That’s more than Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and 14 other teams in their entire campaign. Which is nine games more and only Gavin Hunt has more with 39 points.