MDC coach mirroring Micho, Rhulani

Premiership

Pirates have gone through somewhat of a revolution under new coach Milutin Sredojevic and his assistant Rhulani Mokwena, who steered the club to a second place Absa Premiership finish last season, after a disastrous 2016/17 campaign.

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The new philosophy is slowly taking shape, albeit that the results this season have not gone as expected. The style of play as well as the tactics have noticeably taken a new direction, and this has apparently filtered down to the Bucs’ MultiChoice Diski Challenge team as well.

“There’s a very good relationship between us [MDC team] and the first team coaches, because we’re trying to make sure that we mirror what they are doing,” said Qhogi.

“This is so that any player that gets promoted to the senior team fits very well. They ['Micho' and Mokwena] come to our games and assist us in training as well.

“I also come to the first team training to make sure I know what’s happening and, when I go back to the MDC team, I’m sending the same message that the first team coaches are doing in the senior team.”

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While the trophy drought in the senior team has stretched beyond four years, the reserve team have also never won the reserve league in its four years since inception.

However, Qhogi, who took over the Diski team reins following Benson Mhlongo’s departure in July, has his mind set on improvement before eventually taking aim at silverware.

“Everyone wants to win any competition they play in but, for us, as we’re saying we’re playing youngsters. We’re trying to set our target to say let’s try to win the league, but if not then let’s finish in a better position than the previous season,” he pointed out.

“But in the following season, we need to win everything that we will be competing for in the MDC [league and cup].”

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