'Rhulani thrown into lion's den at Bucs'

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Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Bradley Carnell claims Rhulani Mokwena was thrown into the lion's den at Orlando Pirates, but backs him for success following his departure from the Soweto giants.

Carnell, who is currently an assistant manager at MLS side New York Red Bulls, revealed his admiration for the former Pirates manager in a recent interview, and backed him to make a big impact on the South African football scene.

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"Rhulani? Yeah, he was a protege of Pitso Mosimane and I obviously came up against him a few times when he was assistant coach at Mamelodi Sundowns," the 43-year-old told leftbackfootball.com

"He's a real guy who doesn't just rely on a 'copy and paste' system, he tries his own way and he's finding his own way at the moment.

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"I think he's one of the young coaches who believe in a modern approach to the game, the tactical approach to the game.

"I've enjoyed following his progress, he was unfortunately thrown into the lion's den, taking on the head coaching role at Pirates for a while, but he's gone out on his own now and only time will tell about him as a coach regarding his tactical way and philosophy, as well as the modern approach to the game.

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"I think the world is his oyster, he's a really passionate coach. I hope he succeeds because, in South Africa, we need a coach who is a younger guy coming in to really set the scene alight."

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