Saturday Jul 11, 2020. 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns manager Pitso Mosimane says he is happy to have his “prodigal son” Rhulani Mokwena back at the club.
Mokwena was surprisingly recalled to the Brazilians after three seasons away from Chloorkop, having spent time gaining experience at Orlando Pirates and Chippa United.
‘Jingles’ says the young tactician’s return is a very welcome one and insists that Mokwena is “a better person, a better coach” for the experiences he has gained while away from ‘Downs.
“Yah, Rhulani, the prodigal son returns. What can I say? I think it’s going to be the talk of the town,” Mosimane said through the club’s media team, as quoted by Kick-Off.
“I think we should focus on him coming back – why him coming back? Because of the value he adds. He started his career here. He has been with us for so many years.
“Of course he moved on like anybody else, like I’ve moved on. We are all coaches, we are ambitious people and we try. You have to try to test yourself and why not?
“He is very brave as a young coach to move and explore and see what’s in it for him. It’s not many coaches who can do that. He did that, which is good.
“He is now a better person, a better coach, I must say, because he has learnt a lot now three years down the line, and he was a head coach. So the mental side, the character is becoming different.
“He had his own challenges and his own successes so he comes back a much better coach now in terms of experience now. He has seen things. He has coached as a head coach, he has moved on.
“All I’m happy with is, I’m receiving an improved Rhulani.”
Mokwena is set to be a part of Mosimane’s technical team if and when the 2019-20 season restarts, likely next month.