With countless football trophies and two of the most successful coaches in the game, it turns out Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola are making a contribution to aspiring coaches, worldwide.
Dondol Stars FC co-coach Vincent Rammoni, whose team made history in their Nedbank Cup opener on Wednesday, defeating five-time champions SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, said he draws inspirations from Mokwena and Guardiola.
Rammoni’s team displayed an attractive playing style against Matsatsantsa, seemingly similar with the Mokwena’s Sundowns and Man City’s Guardiola version of the game.
With his team pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament by defeating SuperSport 2-1 in Atteridgeville, Rammoni said Mokwena is one locally the coach whom he looks up to, with the Spanish tactician being his global motivator.
“Global, I look up to Pep Guardiola, and locally I look up to Rulani Mokwena, those are my two inspirations,” Rammoni told the media after the match.
“And to the other coaches who are still coming, I’d say to them, they need to keep on working wherever they are and to remain disciplined as well as keep working hard because the universe is watching, and you will be rewarded.
“There are a lot of young up and coming coaches who are even better than us, unfortunately they are not in institutions that get to these types of platforms, but they must keep on working hard.”
Stars sit top of the Gauteng ABC Motsepe League under Rammoni’s guidance, meanwhile Mokwena’s Sundowns are also at the summit of the DStv Premiership table.