JOHANNESBURG – Pitso Mosimane and Owen da Gama have backed Rhulani Mokwena to succeed at Orlando Pirates after he was thrown in the deep end following Micho Sredojevic’s sudden resignation.
The Serbian coach left the Buccaneers in a ditch with his resignation on Friday, on the eve of their MTN8 clash with Highlands Park. Pirates lost that match 1-0, taking to three the games they have lost in a row since being handed defeats by Green Eagles in the CAF Champions League and SuperSport United in the league.
Sredojevic ditched Pirates to join Egyptian giants Zamalek.
Mokwena and Bucs have no time to wallow in their misery. Tonight, they visit AmaZulu in Umlazi and on the weekend they host Green Eagles in the return leg. It’s a challenging time that will test his mental strength as he has to unite the team so that they can pull together after losing a coach they loved.
Mokwena’s other challenge will be to tighten things at the back with a leaky defence that has been exposed.