Cape Town - Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena says the
club's intensive pre-season preparations are designed to make Bucs a dominant
The Sea Robbers ended their tour to Zambia on Wednesday when
they beat local side Forest Rangers, and are expected to return to Johannesburg
Pirates have picked up two wins and two draws in their four
friendly matches played in that country, including a stalemate with Congolese
giants TP Mazembe.
As such, Mokwena takes the view that a solid foundation is
being built ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
He told his side's official website: "So far so good. I
think as a technical team we can be content, not just with the enthusiasm and
the desire to learn that the players are showing, but their coachability and
ability to transfer it from a theoretical perspective into practicality.
"When you watch the game against TP Mazembe, although
we suffered in certain parts of the game physically, we dominated possession
for the most part and that is key for our game model.
"When we played Power Dynamos we were in control and
extremely dominant in both the first and second match.
"For us those are signs of the work that we want to do
because regardless of the opponent we want to be the dominant force on the
"We are a big team and so we have to show that big team
personality by imposing our game on the opposition.
"The players are on a steady incline with regards to
their understanding and application of the game model."