by Isaac Ndou
JOHANNESBURG: Rhulani Mokwena’s star has taken a minute rise to the top of South Africa’s football fraternity for his work ethic and coaching intelligence which has brought success to the top flight clubs he has worked at in his rising career.
Mokwena first worked as second assistant to Pitso Mosimane who is arguably the best coach in South African football since the days of the likes of Clive Barker and Ted Dimitru. Mamelodi Sundowns have since seen success in the years by winning league titles and the most prestigious continental club tournament, the Caf Champions League.
The University of Johannesburg Sport Sciences graduate decided during his fruitful spell at Mamelodi Sundowns to leave the club to go and be the only assistant to Milutin Sredojevic at Orlando Pirates who were a broken team at the time.
In his first his first season with the Buccaneers , Mokwena worked his magic together with the Serbian mentor to instantly transform Bucs into one of the teams to beat in the 2017/18 season and give Sundowns a run for their money in the title challenge, hence finishing increasingly at 2nd place.
Recently rumors have been making the rounds that Polokwane City and SuperSport United are interested in acquiring the services of the young Pirates coach. However, Mokwena has so far replied by saying he is staying put with the Sea Robbers next season.
He even went on to reveal that he believes waiting brings the best things better than the immediate ones. It seems the latter could be eyeing the bigger fish, that being the hot seat at the Soweto club after Micho leaves the club when it happens.