Axed Mokwena gets Mosimane backing

Axed Mokwena gets Mosimane backing
Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns with Rhulani Mokwena

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Dec 14, 2019. 12:00

Pitso Mosimane has backed Rhulani Mokwena to bounce back after the latter was relieved of his duties as head coach of Orlando Pirates.

The Mamelodi Sundowns boss, who previously had Mokwena as his assistant coach at The Brazilians, says he has no doubt that Mokwena will turn into a top coach despite his hard lessons learnt during his brief spell in charge of Pirates.

Mokwena, 32, has returned to his assistant coach role at The Buccaneers after the club brought in German tactician Josef Zinnbauer.

“I am happy he fulfilled his dream, his vision,” Mosimane said. “Because he spoke to me and said, ‘I want to coach Pirates. As long as I am sitting next to you here I am going to be behind you all the time. I need to fly.’

“I said, ‘Fly my boy, go for it. You may never know because at SuperSport United I think I was 33 or 34 when I was swimming with the sharks, the likes of Gordon Igesund and Clive Barker, you can name them.’

“He has achieved his dream, his vision, but it’s never the end. He remains a good coach, he is one of good coaches I have worked with.

“I said before he is going to be better than me. I still believe he is going to be better than me.”

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