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Why Pirates’ Mokwena Isn’t Going With Bafana…

Orlando Pirates' Rhulani Mokwena Won't Be Joining Bafana

By Soccer Laduma - Mar 19, 2018 04:06 PM
Stuart Baxter has once again bemoaned the timeline surrounding this week’s four-nation tournament in Zambia, with Orlando Pirates’ Rhulani Mokwena no longer going to be taking part.
 
 
Baxter had explained that he wanted the Pirates’ assistant to come along with the team to Zambia in an attempt to start ‘empowering’ young coaches in the country, although things haven’t quite worked out as planned.
 
With Bafana leaving for Zambia today, Mokwena won’t be on the plane, and Baxter admits that the whole situation could’ve been handled better.
 
Speaking to the media today, Baxter said, “Rhulani is not going to be taking part in our camp. We understand the situation that Pirates are in… As everyone knows, this camp has been really compromised in terms of time for preparation. The warning times for us to know we were taking part and leaving was very, very short.
 
“What that has done is that it’s also made the lines of communication a little bit shorter, and it’s possible that protocol wasn’t followed 100 percent.”
 
 
Baxter has been critical of the way that the tournament was put together, and says that the unorganised nature of it hasn’t helped in preparation.
 
He said, “You know, I got confirmation of the camp 10 days before we were due to leave, so the actual ‘negotiations’ – if you want to call it that – for the camp were protracted. Therefore everything had to go very quickly. Possibly, in a normal world, we would have given Pirates greater notice, and they felt a little bit that it was sprung on them. That’s understandable because they’re in a pressure situation at the moment.
 
“We've all agreed that the concept is a good one and we want to do it, and Rhulani is a good candidate. So, no one’s arguing, it’s just a question of making sure we do it at the right tempo that suits everybody.”
 
Bafana’s first game, against Angola, is on Thursday at 15h00 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. 
 

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Madredz Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Madredz Mar 23, 2018 05:37 AM
Rhulani was right to decline your offer. You wanted to feed him your defensive approach to the game.
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Always a way Joined: 09 Oct 2014
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Always a way Mar 20, 2018 08:04 AM
Who cares about Bafazi Bafazi along with their Safa's dictatorship,Baxter failed after Mashaba had built a good foundation what a fumble
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305majola Joined: 28 Nov 2015
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305majola Mar 20, 2018 05:47 AM
I don't get the hype around rhulani this isn't even a couch. This was for his empowerment. But is an experience couch, therefore it is an insult that people think he wanted to milk info out of rhulan
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magagulamp8@gmail.com Mar 20, 2018 02:31 AM
Rhulani mokwena is doing well at Orlando so he must stay with Micho ,Stuat Baxter must look someone else except Rhulani and Micho.
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MSANDROTIC Joined: 18 Jun 2013
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MSANDROTIC Mar 19, 2018 11:44 PM
Good luck boys
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@azzaniawest Joined: 07 Nov 2017
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@azzaniawest Mar 19, 2018 09:53 PM
RHULANI WAS INVITED THROUGH MEDIA AND MEDIA IS A POWER TOOL OF ZEBRAS AND NO PROTOCOL WAS FOLLOWED AND THIS IS HOW THIS ENGLISH MAN DOESN'T RESPECT AFRICAN FOOTBALL,HE KNOWS ABOUT PROTOCOLS, BUT HE DOESN'T FOLLOW THEM!
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prophet_ Joined: 19 Aug 2014
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prophet_ Mar 19, 2018 08:09 PM
He didn't want to impart knowledge, he wanted to partake, but at a wrong time, Baxter should just see Rhulani in the off season
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Ruud-Krol(mugabel) Mar 19, 2018 08:07 PM
Rhulani is doing fine learning from Micho, he doesn't need to be contaminated with Baxter's useless tactics. Please Baxter back off, you can take Baloyi, Thobejane, Molekwa etc.
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prophet_ Joined: 19 Aug 2014
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prophet_ Mar 19, 2018 08:06 PM
Steve Komphela needs a lot of empowering, yet he chooses R.M, the was no empowering here, he just wanted to destabilize Pirates
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prophet_ Mar 19, 2018 08:03 PM
Eric Tinkler needs empowering, why didn't he just take him, his a free agent, so is Tebogo Moloi, Thobejane.. We have even Benson Mhlongo
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Ruud-Krol(mugabel) Mar 19, 2018 08:03 PM
There's absolutely nothing that Rhulani can learn from Baxter, I'm glad this nonsense call up didn't materialize. If Baxteen wants to transfer his helicopter tactics he must call Cowmphela.
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Noko64 Joined: 12 Aug 2015
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Noko64 Mar 19, 2018 07:47 PM
In essence,Baxter,o a phapha,you think that Orlando Pirates or Psl is being run like a tuck shop.
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The Bucsboss Joined: 02 Nov 2016
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The Bucsboss Mar 19, 2018 07:41 PM
@shibambusl Tulane is ours not SAFA's young coach.by the way,if Ruuuu had to go to Zambia was tha a ticket to win the league?Think before you say a word.#UP THE BUCS.
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The Bucsboss Mar 19, 2018 07:36 PM
@shibambusl@gmail.com-wow!I know that Sundowns are number one,but to be honest with you,they can be number two.By the way,if Mokoena hadcto go to Zambia was that a ticket to win the league?Pirates is an institute with focus.They have a right to say no to SAFA,or Baxter.#UP THE BUCS.
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shibambusl@gmail.com Mar 19, 2018 07:23 PM
@ngena,In football that is a good aportunity to be called up at Bafana Bafana looking on his age. Sundowns allowed him to go for better future but now Pirate is hampering his future.
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ngena Mar 19, 2018 07:19 PM
Hehehe we want to empower young coaches .ayikho yonke leyo Mr Baxter must admitt that he wants to suck some ideas from Rhulani for his one good ,seeing the big things he did with Sundowns and just couple of months at Bucs u can see changes brought by the ideas of young Mokwena
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Ricworld Mar 19, 2018 07:18 PM
I sense a lame excuse from Mr Baxter....You knew that Fifa break was around the corner surely you had much time for preparations....that is what SAFA pays you to do.As for Rhulani not able to join the national team isn’t gonna make you fail us as a nation
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shibambusl@gmail.com Mar 19, 2018 07:14 PM
RULUNI MUST LOOK ON HIS FUTURE WHERE MOLOI N DOCTOR KHUMALO BECAUSE OF PRAYING CHIEFS N PARENTS.
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shibambusl@gmail.com Mar 19, 2018 07:11 PM
@The Bucsboss, Remember, Ruluni is an assistant not a head coach. Benny is a head coach that is why they won't call him at all. You will fail to win a league eventhogh he decline a call-up.
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Sbolinho The Citizen Mar 19, 2018 06:47 PM
At least Baxter you're understanding,and I hope SAFA changes the way they do things,they always act unprofessional,and salute for challenging SAFA to change the way they to things,clearly you're ready to lose your coaching job for us to know the truth about them cause there's no coach who has ever done that,that is why Bafana is always failing to do well because of bad management by SAFA...We thank you Coach Stuart

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