Mokwena shocked the South African football community in 2017 when he left his assistant coaching gig at Sundowns to become Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s number two at Pirates.
A series of thrilling draws and unlucky narrow losses led to the shock appointment of Jozef Zinnabauer above Mokwena’s head. Around two months later Mokwena emerged as the head coach at the always restless ship that is Chippa United.
"Some people believe it was a mistake to leave Sundowns for Orlando Pirates but I'm always of the opinion that it was the right decision and I am still of the opinion that it was the right decision," Mokwena told Lesedi FM.
"I think Orlando Pirates is a big institution with probably one of the wisest chairmen around apart from all the other things that people talk about and know within the organisation but it's a fantastic organisation to work for. You learn a lot and sometimes you learn the good and the bad and you are able to grow.
"And even with the difficulties and when your job is made difficult, you are able to know that this is preparation and all that makes you grow. It makes you a better person.
"If you look at the experience that I have been fortunate to gather at Sundowns and even at Pirates, you can see that the quality of experience is worth more than being an assistant anywhere else or being a head coach in one of the smaller teams in the country because you can't buy that experience - I mean the experience of working with top players,” added Rhulani.