Rhulani: I bleed black and white


Rhulani Mokwena is living his childhood dream as he leads the club he was born into, and looks forward to making the Orlando Pirates fans happy again.

The 34-year-old took over from Milutin Sredojevic last Friday after he resigned to join Zamalek in Egypt.

Speaking at King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday night after the 0-0 draw with AmaZulu, Mokwena's passion shone through as he revealed his excitement to be given the responsibility to lead The Buccaneers.

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"The last couple of days for me has been exciting, I'm just excited and enjoying the responsibility of leading a club that I sleep, eat, breathe, leading the club that I was born into," he said.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach says many people judged him when he joined Pirates, but the club means a lot to him and his whole family.

"If you cut my blood at the moment you would see I bleed black and white. When I left Mamelodi Sundowns people said I made the wrong decision. Today I sit in a situation where I lead my grandfather's club, uncle's club, I lead my father's club.

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"I'm honoured and privileged to be given such a responsibility by probably one of the most humble, loyal, hard-working human beings, the chairman of Orlando Pirates, Dr Irvin Khoza."

Mokwena aims to work tirelessly and die for the Mighty Bucs as he wants to reclaim the glory days, but first wants to stabilise things before talking about winning trophies.

"When you are given such responsibility and honour, all you can do is just enjoy and give the best that you can, you work 24/7 which is our culture at Orlando Pirates," he added.

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"At the same time you've got responsibilities to please so many Pirates supporters, and that is what we will continue to do, to serve this badge as much as we can, because we are part of it.

"We are part of this club. When it suffers, we suffer as well. We are with it in good moments, so ours is to make sure we turn the tables and stabilise things. Already we've done that and now it's about returning to winning."

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