Orlando Pirates boss Irvin Khoza voices support for Rulani Mokwena
Posted: 27 September 2017 Time: 16:45
Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has encouraged assistant coach Rulani Mokwena to make his own history at the club his family has been tied to for generations.
Mokwena’s decision to move from a successful Mamelodi Sundowns outfit, where he worked with astute tacticians Pitso Mosimane and Manqoba Mnqithi, may have been a bitter pill to swallow for many of his and The Brazilians’ followers.
However, having explained his decision in a tweet, the budding mentor has since received high praise from Khoza for his decision to follow in his family’s footsteps and “throw himself in the deep end”.
“For Rulani it’s emotional because his family tree has got incredible history embedded in this club,” said Khoza. “I think, from an administrative side, he wants to create his own kind of legacy because his grandfather [Eric ‘Scara’ Sono] and his uncle [Jomo Sono] were great icons of this team.
“When you talk about Pirates you cannot mix up that surname [Sono], so it’s very important for Rulani. He has started very well, he’s still maturing and his attitude is the right one because the man wants to learn all the time.
“The man has no time for luxuries and niceties, he just wants to throw himself in the deep end, which is the attitude of a winner. If you do that and you are not scared of failing, then you’ve got all the chances of being successful in life, because you must be criticised for you to grow, and he’s prepared for that."
Khoza also hopes recently returned coach Milutin ‘Micho' Sredojevic will have a positive influence on Mokwena’s rise towards becoming a part of the club’s heritage.
“I think with his coach [Micho], who has graduated – he came here for the first time with a small suitcase, now he’s got a Gucci case so he’s a branded man now – and I hope that’s going to rub off on Rulani, to make sure that you must remain grounded for you to be able to be successful in this world,” he concluded.