DURBAN – Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza believes that Rhulani Mokwena will go on to be as successful a coach as one of his mentors, Pitso Mosimane.
Mokwena is enduring rough ride in his new role as the Buccaneers’ coach since taking over from Micho Sredojevic, who resigned abruptly last month. Defeats and elimination from competitions have characterised the start of the 35-year-old’s reign.
But Khoza has been in the game long enough to spot potential in a coach and is hopeful Mokwena will go on to become one of the country’s most celebrated coaches.
“Pitso was given an opportunity an early age and he didn’t fail. He exploited the opportunity and never looked back. Hopefully, Rhulani will also exploit his (opportunity).”
While admitting that coaching Pirates is a different kettle of fish from leading SuperSport United for example where Mosimane cut his coaching teeth when he was 37 years old, Khoza is of the view that Mokoena has the qualities necessary to make it.