Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso
Mosimane says that Rulani Mokwena is a good assistant
and that coaches in this role can have a major influence.
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Mokwena has made headlines recently for his very active role
on the Pirates bench in which it seems at times he is undermining the authority
of head coach Milutin Sredojevic.
In Saturday's 0-0 draw with Sundowns it appeared tensions
came to a head as a fan invaded the pitch and then both technical teams became
embroiled in a heated physical and verbal exchange.
Nonetheless, Mosimane takes the view that an assistant has a
significant role to play in any technical team.
During his long 17-year career, the 54-year-old has served
as a number two to the likes of Bruce Grobbelaar with SuperSport United as well
as Carlos Alberto Parreira and Joel Natalino Santana with Bafana Bafana.
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He said: "You know your job as an assistant. What does
the word say? You're assisting, so it should be like that. You are not
co-coaches. If it's co-coaches, then it's co-coaches. But if you assist, then
"But that does not mean your assistant is marginalised
or [must] be suppressed. You can talk and do everything you want.
"I've been an assistant to Bruce, I've been an
assistant to Santana, I've been an assistant to Parreira and I am happy with
He concluded that Mokwena - who was an assistant at
Chloorkop from 2014 until 2017 - was good at his job along with current number
two Manqoba Mngqithi.
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"I know you are trying to indirectly go to the other
point of Rulani, but Rulani was a good assistant also with Manqoba. They did a
very good job, they helped."