Mokwena aware of expectations in new role

Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena will welcome the chance to regroup after a tough introduction to the big time early in the season.

The 32-year-old was propelled to the hot seat after the resignation of Milutin Sredojevic, who has since gone on to coach Egyptian giants Zamalek.

Baptism of fire for Mokwena

The unexpected change has been followed by some poor results, with the Buccaneers crashing out of two cup competitions in the space of a little over a week, while being unable to find goals, let alone wins, in league action.

With all this happening under Mokwena’s watch, the spotlight has glared in his direction brighter than it’s ever been, but the former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach has always anticipated the expectation that would fall on him upon making the big step up in his career.

“The reality is for me, I think I have always been of the opinion that regardless of club and circumstances, my first job as a head coach will always be a difficult job because there is huge expectation so that is the reality,” he said after Pirates were held to a goalless draw by Golden Arrows on Wednesday.

“If you are pessimistic in your view then you will crumble and don’t rise above your challenges but if you are optimistic, you look for the positives. 

“For me, this is my moment where I am training my muscles of perseverance. It will pay off in my future. For me at this moment all it is about is about trying to help the club overturn the difficulty. I have another 30 years to coach. 

“At this moment in time, I am very selfless I put my emotions on the side and I focus on Orlando Pirates. For them to even give me this opportunity to be the first black head coach at my age is enormous for this club and it would be really selfish of me to even consider or think about myself.”

Rhulani Mokwena

Welcome break for Orlando Pirates

Pirates’ twin cup exits mean that they have an extended break between their last and their next fixture.

Having been knocked out of the MTN8, they are one of the 12 clubs in the top flight whoto sit out the coming weekend’s action, and the bulk of thehis squad gets to put their feet up with the international break following soon after.

Pirates return to action on 14 September, when they travel to Thembisa for a clash against Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium.


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Publish date : 2019-08-30 12:06:24

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