Pitso: Rhulani's emotions will be different


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he will give the beleaguered Rhulani Mokwena a call to give him a word of encouragement.

Mokwena has retained his position as assistant coach at Orlando Pirates after the club appointed Josef Zinnbauer as their new head coach last week.

The 32-year-old Mokwena said a few weeks ago that he would not entertain the possibility of being assistant coach again after being handed one of the hottest seats in South African football in August.

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However, Mokwena has found himself offered the number two position at Bucs again following the arrival of Zinnbauer.

"I was coach at SuperSport United for seven years in the premier league. Do you know where I went? I went to be assistant coach [for the national team] for five years," Mosimane said.

"There is nothing wrong with him being assistant again. That's words of encouragement from me to him. I will give him a call. I will speak to him.

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"I know the emotions will be different. I will call him. I will speak to Rhulani and find out his feelings and all that. I will always advise him as a brother that he still has a space in South African football.

"There are coaches who have been here for a very long time, very, very long time. They won one trophy in 11 years or 10 years. So he must come back. He has not even finished a season. He has a chance."

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Mokwena is expected to return to Pirates this week after being given a few days off to attend to personal issues.