Rulani Mokwena says the drive for Mamelodi Sundowns to be the most successful club on the continent comes from Pitso Mosimane’s “pursuit for excellence”.
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Mokwena returned to Mamelodi Sundowns following three years away, spent largely at Orlando Pirates ahead of a short spell with Chippa United this season.
The highly ambitious coach took his first session last week and explained the dream to be the best is made possible at Sundowns.
The Brazilians are the reigning Premier Soccer League champions and headed into the enforced break, as a result of the coronavirus, in second place on the league standings, just four points behind Kaizer Chiefs and with a game in hand.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Mokwena said: “My first session was fantastic, I received a warm welcome from everyone, the coaches, staff and players welcomed me very well.
“The training session was very well organised, the players gave me the same respect that I had before I left. Seeing the familiar faces like Hlompho, Denis, Themba, Kennedy is always exciting.”
Mokwena continued: “I’ve come back to a familiar environment with familiar faces, an environment that has kept its ethos of professionalism, hard work, success and the drive to want to be the most competitive and the most successful club on the continent.
“They say team work makes the dream work and here at Sundowns the dream is known by many and is led by the ambition of the President (Dr. Patrice Motsepe) and his support in us and saying that he wants the club to be the best, not just in South Africa but on the African Continent.
“The dream is driven by the appetite and relentless pursuit of success that Coach Pitso possesses and his pursuit for excellence is what pushes the dream.”