JOHANNESBURG: Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena says that persistence is what it will take them to taste great success in the next season.
Mokwena and his leader Micho Sredejovic built a mean machine at Pirates last season where they finished runner-ups in the league after a horrible season before. Last season set the pace for Pirates’ next season which Mokwena says are preparing for in the Pre-season camp.
“You cannot just wake up one day and run the Comrades Marathon. You start with 5km, then 10km, 20km all the way up until the body can handle the longer distances. That is effectively what preseason is for. The body needs to be fully prepared for the physical demands of a tough season.”
“We know that a season is not a sprint, it is a marathon, and we know that for any team that wants to win this marathon, the planning needs to be right,” said Mokwena on the club’s official website.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach also backed their new arrivals as they will be participating in five competitions. He is, however, aware that the arrival of the new crop of players will lead them to try out new things to accommodate everyone new player they have signed in the offseason.
“This is a big season for the club. We have more games to play than last year, therefore, we need to make sure that our periodization is done properly. We also welcome a couple of new faces who have not yet been exposed to our game model. We will use the time in camp to familiarise the players with a new style of play and this will obviously entail both theoretical and practical application,” he added.
The Buccaneers will not be in a season-opening competition such as the Carling Black Label Cup as Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns will open the curtains at the Shell Helix Cup before the new season kicks off.