Mamelodi Sundowns can confirm the appointment of José Ramón Alexanko as the club’s new director of academy and scouting.
The 63-year-old Spaniard is highly respected and comes with a glowing track record having played for Athletic Bilbao and made over 250 appearances for Barcelona as a centre half during his days as a footballer.
Alexanko then went on to become a coach and there his passion for working with the youth was evident – first taking up a job as the Spain U/21 coach and later the senior men’s national team for a period of four years.
He did also get a chance to be in the dugout of a club in the Spanish La Liga, and it was as an assistant coach to his beloved Barcelona under the guidance of his former teammate in his last season at the club, Carles Rexach.
It was in 2005 that Alexanko was named Barcelona’s youth system coordinator. He has also served as director of football at Valencia.
Alexanko was welcomed by Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane as well as club president Patrice Motsepe at the club’s headquarters in Chloorkop on Monday as he starts a new chapter with South Africa’s record league title holders.
On his arrival, Mosimane said: “He has my full support and we are all excited to work together in order to elevate the club.”