Absa Premiership

Rulani has a bright future ahead of him - Komphela

2019-08-29 15:17
Rulani Mokwena
Rulani Mokwena (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela says young talented coaches like Rulani Mokwena will ultimately one day replace older coaches in the Premiership.

Mokwena is currently in interim charge of Orlando Pirates following the departure of Milutin Sredojevic to Zamalek in Egypt.

The young mentor was at the helm as Arrows and the Sea Robbers drew 0-0 on Wednesday night at the Orlando Stadium.

Speaking of facing Mokwena, Komphela said: "It gives great pride and pleasure.

"And not because an opportunity is being granted, but deservedly so.

"Rulani is just a monster when it comes to consuming information. He's still very young.

"He has a bright future ahead of him. Now if we want to give hope to the rest of the up-and-coming young coaches, and then we want to switch off this light we see in Rulani‚ it would be catastrophic.

"But the first thing is for him to move into an immediate realisation and acceptance zone that where he is, it's hot.

"All we can say to him is that as much as he has received the support from Orlando Pirates, the supporters, administration, and all those, he must keep pushing.

"It is a wonderful opportunity, a unique one. He must enjoy and treasure it.

"Because come tomorrow when he looks back, he must not regret the fact that, 'Goodness me, I had the opportunity but I never enjoyed it'.

"And he must bring his brains. Football is about brains. He's got sharp brains.

"He must bring his brains, his ideas, and work within the institution to try to better the South African game.

"And that would also go for Fadlu [Davids, Pirates' second assistant-coach]. And it goes for any other young coach out there.

"Dinosaurs like us are about to go. We are at the stage where now we are nearing the end.

"Now who is going to take the baton? But then we have a responsibility as well - South Africans, members of the media - to see the light, and to assist the ones who can assist us.

"You can imagine the moment where we cut the light - it means it's just going to be dark, and we'll get no-one.

"And then come tomorrow there's no electricity - it's dark. And then you would say, 'But you cut the light, by denying the opportunity of a shining star'."

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