Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena looked set to lead the club until the end of the season, but an unexpected change has seen him drop back to an assistant.
Mokwena had been a key figure in the Pirates setup since joining as Milutin Sredojevic’s number-two from Mamelodi Sundowns in 2017, and was touted to eventually succeed the Serbian.
Well, the time came just three games into The Buccaneers’ current campaign as ‘Micho’ abruptly departed to join Zamalek, with Mokwena then stepping into the lead role.
But 15 games and just four wins later, the 33-year-old tactician was replaced by Josef Zinnbauer and has been absent from duty since their last game in December.
“I don’t think we’ve spoken too much about it, but it’s obviously difficult. In any profession, you want to be successful, and when there’s a change there’s always a bit of unease,” explained goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands of the current situation.
“But Coach Rhulani is still part of the team, so I think life just goes on and everyone’s trying to pull in one direction now because everybody knows the club is bigger than any individual.
“We all know that we’re here to try and make the badge and brand continue to grow and be better, and it’s a club that’s won so much trophies and had so much success, so we as players also want to add to that.
“We want to make the situation better, so our focus right now is just on trying to pull in that direction and work towards making the best out of whatever remains of the season.”