How Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena convinced Andrew Sparkes to join the club
Posted: 26 July 2018 Time: 15:00
Orlando Pirates goalkeeper coach Andrew Sparkes has explained how Rhulani Mokwena played a role in bringing him to the PSL.
Sparkes joined the Buccaneers recently from Swansea City, replacing Ivica Vukusic who was in charge of the glovemen last season.
Sparkes has been working with keepers Jackson Mabokgwane, Siyabonga Mpontshane, Wayne Sandilands and new man Brilliant Khuzwayo.
“I got a call from Rhulani in the off-season to see if I would be interested in joining. For me it was an opportunity,” Sparkes tells KickOff.com.
“I had worked with Swansea City in the Premier League for six years and the vision that coach Rhulani and 'Micho' [Milutin Sredojevic] spoke to me about over the phone is something that convinced me. They wanted to see if I would be interested and for me it was a massive club and a good chance to work in a different league with different experiences and challenges.”
Sparkes says he had never spoken to Mokwena before receiving the call.
“No, I had never met or spoken to him before. I think they wanted more stability [in goal] from last season and a coach who maybe matched their game model. My methodology is to have goalkeepers who are comfortable with the ball at their feet and who can fit into the game model. I am very happy to be here.”