Rhulani Mokwena alongside Pitso Mosimane during a Sundowns match. Photo: Muzi Ntombela, BackpagePix

DURBAN – Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane has revealed his dream of seeing Rhulani Mokwena as an Orlando Pirates head coach in future.

Mokwena served as Mosimane’s second assistant coach alongside Manqoba Mngqithi at Abafana Ba Style.

He left Sundowns before the start of the new season and is now an assistant coach to Pirates coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic.

They have started well together, collecting four points in two matches. 

Pirates are searching for their first trophy in four years. The last time they lifted a cup was in 2014, when they triumphed in the Nedbank Cup.

But the mighty Buccaneers have had a barren run in the last couple of seasons.   

“The generation of Rhulani is the one that is going to change the mentality of European (football) by coaching abroad. I’m happy that I gave Rhulani the opportunity and he is now at Pirates,” Mosimane said.

“I would love to see Rhulani as the senior coach of Orlando Pirates. That would be beautiful. I’m sure your teacher who was teaching you at high school is proud of your achievements. It is generations.

“I would love to see a Manqoba being the head coach and beat me with my tactics.”  

Mokwena holds a Uefa A Licence, Sports Science and Safa Level 3. He worked at Sundowns’ youth structures before he was promoted to the senior team.

At Sundowns, he won the Caf Champions League and the Caf Super Cup.

Rhulani Mokwena is now an assistant coach to Milutin Sredojevic at Orlando Pirates. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu, BackpagePix

Pirates have had a few South African coaches during the Premier Soccer League (PSL) era. Men like Owen da Gama, Roger de Sa and Eric Tinkler are some of the mentors to have hold the reigns at Parktown. 

“I was at Jomo Cosmos. Jomo taught me a lot of things and I’ve won a lot against Cosmos. That doesn’t mean I’m better. I have high respect for Jomo.

“Your son is going to be a better journalist than you. It is generations.

“Jomo discovered me. He used to tell me how to trap the ball and stuff. Today I don’t forget, hey. I have high respect for him.

“Ted Dumitru taught me how to guide the team and how the team should play. How many times did I win against Ted? I remained humbled. It doesn’t mean I’m better, but it is the situation at the time,” Mosimane explained.


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