Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena has received some advice from a colleague who was formerly in charge of the club following a promotion.
Mokwena has “assumed” the head coaching responsibilities at Pirates following the sudden departure of Milutin Sredojevic last Friday evening.
The 34-year-old tactician has thus been thrust into the spotlight at one of the biggest clubs on the African continent as he takes the chief technical team role for the first time in his career.
After suffering a defeat on his debut against Highlands Park in the MTN8 quarterfinals, his counterpart Owen Da Gama shared empathy over the departure of Sredojevic and insisted that The Buccaneers’ loss was not their gain.
“You don’t wish it upon anyone to have that happen. But these things do happen in football, and we’ve just got to be strong and move on,” said Da Gama.
“But we never looked at it as an advantage. I think Rhulani is capable enough to steer the ship; there’s still a bit of continuity in that regard.
“So, I think he’s very capable and we never looked at it as an advantage or as a good thing for us. In fact, I was actually a bit say but, in saying that, I’ve got my job to do.”
Da Gama, who also had a short stint with Pirates in the 2007/08 season, also shared a word of advice and support for Mokwena upon his new chapter.
“As I said, Rhulani is very capable – he understands the dynamics; how the family in Orlando Pirates works and he’s very capable of making a great success of the club
“The only thing I can say to him as that, ‘Take it and make sure; I’ve got all the belief that he can do it, and I think he will do it. So, the only thing is to just go and do what he does best.’”