Register Login Scores

Orlando Pirates

Rulani: People Said It Was A Mistake...

Not often has Rulani Mokwena been allowed near a microphone since joining Orlando Pirates almost exactly two years ago – when he does, it’s usually very explosive.

The Buccaneers assistant coach who has, rather unexpectedly, ascended to the head coaching job following the sudden departure of Micho Sredojevic a week ago, spoke proudly this week of taking on the hot seat.

Read: Rulani Reveals Inspiring Pirates Take Over Plan 

It’s been a whirlwind last few days for the 32-year-old, what with the club losing the coach to Zamalek of Egypt despite the Serbian citing the illness of his mother as his reason for leaving, to Pirates being dumped out of the MTN8 by Highlands Park and then only managing a goalless draw against AmaZulu on Tuesday in an Absa Premiership clash.  

He has another tough task tomorrow – seeing to it that the Buccaneers progress to the first round of the CAF Champions League by overturning a 1-0 deficit against little known Green Eagles of Zambia at Orlando Stadium.

“I am just excited. I am enjoying the responsibility of leading a club that I sleep, eat and breathe and a club that I was born into. If you cut my blood at the moment, you will see that I only bleed black and white,” he told the media.

“When I left Mamelodi Sundowns (as assistant to Pitso Mosimane), people said I made the wrong decision. But today I sit in a situation where I lead my grandfather’s club, I lead my uncle’s club and I lead my father’s club. I am honoured and privileged to be given such a responsibility by one of the most humble human beings, the chairman of Orlando Pirates (Irvin Khoza). All I can do is just enjoy it and give it the best that I can.”  

Read: Pitso Unwillingly Admits Downs' Weakness 

66 comments

Top 5

Done Deals! Chiefs Announce More Signings

264 Jun 20, 2022 09:41 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Official: 9 More Signings Confirmed This Week

1 Jun 24, 2022 10:28 AM in World News

Four In, Six Out In Massive Pirates Shake Up

103 Jun 20, 2022 06:21 PM in Orlando Pirates

The 11 Highest-Paid Players At Bayern After Mane Signing

5 Jun 22, 2022 06:30 PM in Bundesliga News

Spanish Coach In Line For Pirates Job?

55 Jun 20, 2022 11:01 AM in Orlando Pirates

The 11 Highest-Paid Players At Bayern After Mane Signing

5 Jun 22, 2022 06:30 PM in Bundesliga News

Done Deals! Chiefs Announce More Signings

264 Jun 20, 2022 09:41 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

From A Bird To A Chief: 11 Transfer Deals

8 Jun 21, 2022 09:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

'I Would Arrive At Real Madrid Training Drunk'

2 Jun 20, 2022 07:25 PM in LaLiga

Contracts At Naturena: What Each New Chiefs Player Signed

44 Jun 21, 2022 08:12 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Mane Breaks Silence On Liverpool Exit

7 Jun 22, 2022 09:29 AM in Bundesliga News

Pirates To Make Decision On 7 Loan Returnees

5 Jun 20, 2022 04:19 PM in Orlando Pirates

Report: Lukaku's Chelsea Exit Confirmed

Jun 22, 2022 08:25 AM in English Premier League

Chiefs Target Back In Europe

4 Jun 20, 2022 03:51 PM in Kaizer Chiefs