Rulani Mokwena, the current Orlando Pirates interim coach, has revealed an intellectual – but yet inspiring – explanation why it’s vital that he succeeds at the club.
The young coach has been thrown in at the deep end, having to step in following the sudden resignation of Micho Sredojevic last Friday.
Mokwena has endured a tough start – losing to Highlands Park in the MTN8 quarterfinals barely 24hours after news that Sredojevic had quit and only managing a goalless draw away to AmaZulu in their Absa Premiership clash on Tuesday.
“In SA, Rulani comes in and it’s a revolution. We are a little bit late. It’s not just about football that young people are given positions of leadership,” he told the media.
“This country is not known to give positions of leadership, particularly to young black people – entrepreneurs, CEOs and even in politics. I feel the responsibility even on my shoulders to make sure I succeed in that sort of capacity, and I feel like a sacrificial lamb to be honest. I feel like I have been given a responsibility that will either help or destroy the next generation of young technocrats. That is the next generation of where football is going.”
Along with Fadlu Davids (38), who is part of the Pirates technical team, Mokwena (32) is currently the youngest head coach in the PSL.
“Football is going into a space where it’s not about whether you played the game or not. It’s not about whether you are older or you are a coach that has got 15 years of experience. Football needs technocrats, which is why it is important that we succeed. Myself and Fadlu see ourselves as part of that trailblazing adventure. We need to inspire young black coaches, and leaders. We have a responsibility to inspire,” Mokwena explained.