Absa Premiership

Mokwena relishing the pressure at Pirates

2019-10-24 11:59
Rulani Mokwena
Rulani Mokwena (Gallo Images)

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 pressure.

"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.

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