Sundowns Veteran Picks Neeskens, Mosimane, and Mokwena as Key Figures in His Career

Themba Zwane Reflects on Sundowns Journey: Three Noteworthy Coaches Shaped His Career

Bafana Bafana international and Mamelodi Sundowns stalwart, Themba Zwane, recently delved into the influential coaching figures that have played a pivotal role in shaping his football career.

Having joined Sundowns in 2011, Zwane’s journey has seen him work under various coaches, and he specifically named Johan Neeskens, Pitso Mosimane, and Rulani Mokwena as coaches who left a lasting impression.

Zwane’s Stint Under Johan Neeskens: Barcelona Connection and Enjoyment of Football

Johan Neeskens, who led Sundowns during the 2011/12 to the middle of the 2012/13 season, brought a unique approach influenced by his time at Barcelona FC.

Zwane highlighted Neeskens’ emphasis on playing from the back, creating an enjoyable football environment. However, the team faced challenges in converting chances into results during that period.

Pitso Mosimane’s Impact: Motivation, Improvement, and Pressure to Deliver

Pitso Mosimane succeeded Neeskens and served as Sundowns’ coach for seven seasons until the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign.

Zwane praised Mosimane’s coaching style, describing him as a motivator who focused on individual improvement.

He recounted an instance where Mosimane urged him to make a significant impact in a crucial league match, resulting in a 3-0 victory.

Rulani Mokwena’s Teaching Approach: Learning, Improvement, and Watching High-Level Players

Rulani Mokwena, Sundowns’ current coach, emerged as a co-coach alongside Manqoba Mnqgithi before taking the reins in October 2022.

Zwane appreciates Mokwena’s emphasis on player development, noting that under Mokwena’s guidance, players learn and improve.

Mokwena’s teaching approach involves advising players to watch specific teams and players, facilitating a deeper understanding of strategic situations on the pitch.

Themba Zwane’s Football Odyssey: From Amateurs to Sundowns Mainstay

Themba Zwane’s football journey from amateur teams to becoming one of Sundowns’ longest-serving players reflects the impact of coaches like Neeskens, Mosimane, and Mokwena.

As the seasoned player continues to contribute consistently on the field, he acknowledges the valuable lessons and growth fostered by these influential coaches.

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