Mamelodi Sundowns Head Coach, Rulani Mokwena has been merited with the DStv Premiership Coach of the Season award at the PSL 2023 end of the season awards after successfully winning the sixth consecutive domestic league title.
The award comes after Masnadawana’s busy and eventful 2022/23 season where they participated in four different competitions, including the CAF Champions League. Coach Mokwena has also won the Coach of the Month awards back-to-back for December/January and February/March.
Coach Rulani expressed his gratitude for the award and credited all parties involved in the success of the club. “Congratulations to the football club because this is an award that you receive as a custodian and a person that represents the team from a leadership perspective. But it’s not possible without the commitment and hard work from everyone that is involved, so it’s a team award because it was from collective efforts.
Emphasizing how the award is a result of a joint effort from everyone at Mamelodi Sundowns, the Brazilians Coach mentioned that without the players, as coaches they aren’t that important. He stated that this is because they [coaches] are only there because their jobs are to improve the players and give them comfort, structure, and information that allows them to perform at their best.
Masandawana made a clean sweep at the 2023 PSL awards with the most wins and bagged seven accolades in total. Coach Mokwena commented on the domination of the players and said, “Congratulations to Ronwen Williams, Teboho Mokoena, Cassius Mailula, Khuliso Mudau, and Peter Shalulile, the awards are well deserved. We are fortunate that we have an incredible, special, and hard-working group of players that commit themselves and are very honest to give more and try new things.”
With a lot of individual accomplishments, the league-winning Coach said that it’s important to celebrate as a collective with everyone that works behind the scenes at the club to assist the club and the team. He further thanked the technical team and the players for their dedication throughout the season.
DStv Premiership Coach of the Season relayed that the award recipients have good stories and achievements that the entire club is very proud of. Coach Rulani added that the players will now be working on getting better than the level they’re currently at, which will be difficult but it’s necessary to move forward and improve.