Orlando Pirates Xola Mlambo discusses coaching styles of Micho and Rhulani Mokwena
Posted: 8 March 2018 Time: 08:00
Orlando Pirates midfielder Xola Mlambo says Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic and Rhulani Mokwena offer the best of both worlds as a coaching unit.
Bucs head coach Sredojevic and his assistant Mokwena are getting results since linking up in the off-season at Mayfair, with the club in the hunt for league and Nedbank Cup honours this campaign after a dismal showing last term.
Mlambo, who joined Pirates in January from Bidvest Wits after struggling for game-time at Milpark, has offered insight on the pair's differing styles.
“They are the best of both worlds really,” Mlambo told Bucs' website.
“Coach Micho is more like a father figure while Rhulani is the strict older brother. Coach Micho is humble and direct, he calls a spade a spade. When I arrived, he told me that even though I was not getting game-time, there was something they saw in me. He told me that I would be able to help the team and that obviously boosted my confidence immensely.
“Micho is always happy and is genuinely concerned with the wellbeing of his players. He encourages us to tell him when we have personal problems so he can help us out, he is truly an amazing soul to be around.
“It’s no secret I knew Rhulani from way back, we have an ongoing relationship but he takes his work very seriously. He doesn’t take any nonsense from anybody. He is generally a nice guy with a strong work ethic, very professional. He is a coach, a motivator and a perfectionist. He will always push you to the edge because he demands the best of people and he always wants to see the players to be better and achieve more.”
The Sea Robbers, who trail log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by four points with seven games left, next face Cape Town City in the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup at Cape Town Stadium on March 14.