'Rhulani was never ready to coach Bucs'


Orlando Pirates legend Bernard 'Shoes' Lushozi explains why Rhulani Mokwena never paid his school fees to coach a club like The Buccaneers.

Back in December, Lushozi was highly critical of the way Pirates allegedly appointed Mokwena to the position of head coach, claiming politics and emotions were involved.

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Now he believes Mokwena has done the right thing in returning to Mamelodi Sundowns to complete his learning process as a young tactician.

"Ja perhaps, that's where he belongs to be honest," Lushozi tells KickOff.com.

"That's why other teams most of the time are coached by their former players who know the culture, who know the receipt. I guess at Sundowns it's where he grew up, it would make sense.

"You are going to have to have played and performed a lot of rituals with the club to understand its philosophy, its culture, and to be able to take part in leading that club you must have grown from it sometimes.

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"Ja it's worse when people don't have a background of playing, it's worse. For me it makes sense for him to go back to Sundowns, it's where he grew up. Maybe him and Pitso will reconnect.

"You see for a young man at Pirates, you can't jump the process. You know you cannot just be a professor... you write a few articles before you become a professor you see.

"It's the very same people who hire [at Pirates] who didn't follow their normal system. It's just that he was unlucky perhaps that because 'KK' [Julius Sono] his father was fighting the club and said this and that, now the club was being sacrificed just to keep 'KK' quiet. It's not Rhulani's fault to be honest, it was not well thought.

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"Still Sundowns can have a lot of money and what-what but it's a different case at Pirates. These are different institutions you see. If people who played for Pirates and sacrificed like his father, his uncle Jomo and others did couldn't coach the club...

"But for me, going to Sundowns, it's the right direction so that he can complete his programme of being a developed coach. Now the responsibility is on coach Pitso to guide and mentor and to say, 'No, let's start where we issued the curriculum.'

"He is ambitious, he could be a coach you see. I remember when we did these coaching courses, there were certain steps that you are going to have to take when you have never played football. If you have never played professionally, I know you had to start down there. You didn't start from level one.

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"It's like someone who didn't pass his Matric very well, when he goes to the varsity he starts with a pre-university course. For him it's like introspection.

"I think he acted like a man, and Pitso as well we applaud him for welcoming him... you remember a guy in the Bible who left with his talent and came back empty-handed, poorer...

"But his father welcomed and hugged him because it was the system that failed the son, it was not only the father. The father didn't check if was he ready and mature enough to go out and live on his own you see."

See a few images of Lushozi in his prime below

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