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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.

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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

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“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.”

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Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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