Cape Town - Rulani Mokwena insists he thrives
under the pressure of leading Orlando Pirates and doesn't feel he
should've coached at a smaller club first.
Mokwena is the youngest coach in the Absa Premiership at 32, but says
he is embracing the challenge of taking on the immense responsibility
associated with such a prestigious outfit.
"There's a lot of talk that, 'He must run his own race', and the
expectation was that I run my race and start my race with smaller clubs,
but God had a different plan and put me in a situation where I start
running my race at a prestigious club like this," said Mokwena.
"I've got to be grateful and humble to the management of the club for
giving me this opportunity, but at the same time that comes with a huge
responsibility and it's like being put into a gold mine.
"But if you know process, and you understand the value of the most
precious elements in the world - talk about platinum, gold, diamonds -
they've all got to go through the process of heat, being cut and
"So, if you want to become a person of value or of credibility,
you've got to withstand heat; you've got to be prepared to be cut and to
go through the pressure, because you know what the outcome is most
likely to be.
"I'm prepared to go through the deepest, darkest of gold mines,
because it wouldn't be for the first time, and I say it all the time
that I'm here to serve."
Orlando Pirates have endured a testing season thus far and find
themselves down in eighth position with only two wins from their opening
seven league fixtures.
- TeamTalk Media