Pitso Mosimane says he’s relieved to see Rulani Mokwena back in the dugout following his switch to Chippa United for the remainder of the season.
The Mamelodi Sundowns coach was the first to give the young Mokwena his big break by including him in his technical team in 2014 before he eventually joined Orlando Pirates to become Micho Sredojevic’s assistant coach three years later.
On Wednesday, the Buccaneers confirmed that Mokwena, who had been demoted from being the club’s interim head coach between August and November after the arrival of Josef Zinnbauer, would be moving to Chippa United.
“I think it’s good for Rulani to get back to football – it’s important because he is a young coach and he carries the hopes of young coaches, who have a wish and vision to be part of the Absa Premiership at an early age,” Mosimane told the Siya crew.
“You know I am always for local coaches, so I am happy a local coach has been put in there (at Chippa) even though I like Norman (Mapeza, the coach who resigned this week to leave the post vacant) and have known him for long.”
Mosimane would not be drawn into commenting about the circumstance which led to Mokwena’s switch to Port Elizabeth – he was “seconded” to Chippa by Pirates given that he was still contracted to the Buccaneers until June 30.
“That’s not for me to talk about. I am just happy for Rulani to be part of this thing. I believe Chippa is a good team, and they have 25 points. You only need 30-32 to survive (relegation) and they have seven games to go – they need six or seven points and they will be sorted. I don’t know if Chippa Mpengesi wants survival or Top 8, that’s not for me to say. But I think he (Rulani) will get six or seven points,” Mosimane said.
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