Rhulani Mokwena reflects on Orlando Pirates' pre-season camp in Zambia
Posted: 18 July 2018 Time: 21:00
Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena has provided a brief overview of the team's pre-season and is pleased with their recent showing in Zambia.
Bucs on Wednesday rounded off the Zambia leg of their pre-season with a victory over Forest Rangers, before they return to Johannesburg on Thursday.
Coach Milutin Sredojevic and his technical staff have had a good look at their squad ahead of the 2018/19 season, playing a total of four friendly matches – including one against Congolese giants TP Mazembe – over the last week.
While the results were mostly positive, winning two and drawing two, Mokwena was especially pleased with the attitude of the players as well as their carrying out of the coaching staff's instructions.
“So far so good. I think as a technical team we can be content, not just with the enthusiasm and the desire to learn that the players are showing, but their coachability and ability to transfer it from a theoretical perspective into practicality," Mokwena told his club's website.
"When you watch the game against TP Mazembe, although we suffered in certain parts of the game physically, we dominated possession for the most part and that is key for our game model.
“When we played Power Dynamos we were in control and extremely dominant in both the first and second match.
"For us those are signs of the work that we want to do because regardless of the opponent we want to be the dominant force on the pitch."
Much is expected from this Bucs outfit that showed a massive improvement by coming in second to Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns last season, following an embarrassing 12th-place finish in the campaign prior.
Mokwena, who joined 'Micho' at the forefront of the ship last season, has made the team's intentions clear for the 2018/19 season as they look to put an end to their four-year trophy drought.
"We are a big team and so we have to show that big-team personality by imposing our game on the opposition," he added.
"The players are on a steady incline with regards to their understanding and application of the game model."