In a surprise move, Rhulani Mokwena has been announced as assistant coach to Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic as Orlando Pirates continues with their rebuilding process.
The youthful coach joins Bucs having achieved immense success with the Brazilians under the leadership of Pitso Mosimane.
Micho said he is pleased to be working with Mokwena.
“Rhulani’s approach to tasks is done in a commitment that is noteworthy. I’m pleased that he accepted the challenge,” Micho said.
Mokwena expressed gratitude to the Sundowns family.
“I thank the president Mr Patrice Motsepe and the coach Pitso Mosimane for not only providing me with an opportunity; I thank them for the grace with which they accepted and supported my acceptance of the Orlando Pirates challenge,” said Mokwena.
The coach holds SAFA and CAF coaching qualifications.
After passing matric with flying colours, Mokwena, who comes from a family of legendary footballers such as uncle Jomo Sono and grandfather Eric “Scara” Sono, went against his mother’s wish who wanted him to study law.
Born and raised in Soweto, Mokwena played soccer up the Under 19 level when he turned out for Cosmos before deciding to conquer the dugout. His coaching career started with Sabelo Superstars before joining the then Silver Stars (now Platinum Stars) in 2007 where he later worked with Cavin Johnson, Allan Freese and later Steve Komphela.
It was Komphela who, in 2009, appointed Mokwena as his first team assistant and the 30year old coach has never looked back since then. He later joined Sundowns juniors in 2011 before being elevated to be Mosimane’s assistant in 2014, a post that he has held until his move to Pirates.