While Rhulani Mokwena was an assistant to Pitso Mosimane at Mamelodi Sundowns before the 2017/18 campaign he was slowly but surely forging a reputation for himself as one of the brightest young coaches in the country
And such was the promise that Rhulani Mokwena was showing as an assistant at Mamelodi Sundowns he was also attracting interest from some of the other biggest teams in the country most notably Orlando Pirates
And when Orlando Pirates after a very poor 2016/17 season which coincided with the very tumultuous reign of Mushin Etugral as the Bucs even succumbed to a historic 6-1 demolition at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns it was definitely time for a chance
That particular change came with the appointment of Swedish boss Kjell Jonevret who himself did not make much of a difference while he was in charge of the mighty Bucaneers for about a month
Subsequently afterwards the club then went with the appointment of Serbian top boss Miltun Sredejovic who was also joined by Rhulani Mokwena and the two proved to be a very effective partnership
The consequence of such a partnership yielded fantastic results for Orlando Pirates on the pitch as the Bucs almost came close to beating Mamelodi Sundowns to the league title as the finished narrowly behind them by five points in the 2017/18 campaign
And two seasons later Rhulani Mokwena was unexpectedly handed the Orlando Pirates job after Milutin Sredejovic left the club under random circumstances
Unfortunately for Rhulani Mokwena his time at Orlando Pirates was nothing short of horrific as a couple of months into his reign as the club's first team head coach he was relieved of his duties after a poor run of results
And looking back at his time at Orlando Pirates Rhulani Mokwena has revealed he had a lot more work to do there than he initially and eventually had to do at Mamelodi Sundowns
"When I was at Pirates with Milutin, I ended up having to do a little more of the demanding and putting more pressure on the players,"
"And I tried to be the coach that I felt that the head coach needed, and that's always my take even now as a coach my belief is to try be the coach that you feel the team needs,"
Source - https://www.thesouthafrican.com/sport/soccer/psl-south-africa/rhulani-mokwena-i-did-a-little-more-at-orlando-pirates-than-at-mamelodi-sundowns/
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