Cape Town - Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena says club
boss Dr Irvin Khoza is an inspiration behind Bucs wanting to do well in the CAF
Pirates are currently in Zambia in pre-season training
during which time they will face Congolese giants TP Mazembe in what is seen as
a preparation game for what the Sea Robbers may experience in Africa.
Mokwena helped guide the Mayfair-based outfit to a
second-placed finish in the Premiership in 2017/18, and the 1995 African
champions have continental football to get ready for in 2018/19.
Speaking to Kickoff, he said: "It's part of our
preparation for the Champions League. We are embarking on this for the first
time as Pirates to go outside of the country for our pre-season camp.
"I think it is indicative of our intention with regards
to what we want to do on the African continent this season.
"Remember Pirates have won the Champions League in '95
and the chairman (Irvin Khoza) is still the same chairman.
"So our chairman's got extensive knowledge and
experience on the continent as a football administrator and also as a football
"I think he's the one that drives and directs the ship.
He's the one that will assist us with his wealth of knowledge and his
experiences on Africa will come extremely handy."