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Sundowns coach explains what happened when he was part of the Pirates technical team


The Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena has had a rollercoaster ride within the Premier Soccer League. What’s impressive is that he has been able to stand his ground throughout the ups and downs that come with his line of work. Mokwena has put in the hard work to be where he is at the moment and he’s not planning to stop anytime soon. The young South African tactician was Pitso Mosimane’s assistant for approximately two stints. Before Mosimane left Sundowns for greener postures at Al Ahly, which is where he’s enjoying his football at the moment. 

Mokwena during his time at Chloorkop took a leap of faith by moving coach Orlando Pirates and even Chippa United. This was major moves as he left his comfort zone at Masandawana as he felt that he was ready to be a head coach elsewhere. When he arrived at Pirates, Mokwena became an assistant to Milutin Sredojevic, then ended up being an interim head coach. One thing that Mokwena realized at Pirates was that there was immense pressure, even though he had to stand his ground and deliver what he knows best. “When I moved to Pirates, the role was a lot similar but with a little more pressure because we had a different coach Milutin Sredojevic who came in and was someone that works very hard, but also as good with relations with the players,” said Mokwena talking to the Coaches Corner podcast as per Diski Times.

There was hope that he will take the position permanently, however, that changed when Josef Zinnbauer arrived at Mayfair. This meant that Mokwena had to leave the Buccaneers, as he joined the Chilli Boys whereby he was in charge of one game. That’s when Mosimane decided to call him back at Sundowns. He then went on to be a co-coach within the Brazilians. However, reminiscing on his time at Pirates, Mokwena felt that he had to come out of his shell. “When I was at Pirates with Milutin, I ended up having to do a little more of the demanding and putting a lot 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 trying to be the coach that you feel the team needs,” said Mokwena talking to the Coaches Corner podcast as per Diski Times.

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Date: 10/10/2021

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