Under fire Orlando Pirates coach Rulani Mokwena believes his struggle is similar to what several of the world’s best managers had all survived before the success.
Since taking over from the departed Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic in August, Mokwena has taken charge of nine games. Seven of his games has seen two wins, three defeats and four losses.
Asked by journalists if his situation is a crisis after losing to Stellenbosch 1-0 last weekend, Mokwena described it as a reflection time.
“No crisis, for me it is reflection time, I say to myself, when Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool, it was a similar scenario, scoring goals, being very inconsistent, conceding goals, winning games and then losing games; but then three seasons later they’re the Champions of Europe and a well-oiled machine,” Mokwena said via Soccer Laduma.
“Pep Guardiola when he started at Barca, he came from Barca B and came to the first team, what happened to him? He was losing games and now he is the best coach in the world; Pitso Mosimane is the same story, I was at Sundowns at the time and his start at the club was not the easiest.”
“I never expected it to be easy, I expected it to be difficult, I know the challenges that we face, I know the quality that the team has and I also know that I have the backing and support of the club and the chairman. I sit in the situation where I just try to give the best that I can and I try to improve the situation and that’s it,” added the league’s youngest coach.
Pirates next face the Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs. The Telkom Knockout quarter-final battle with be played at Durban’s Moses Mabhida on Saturday at 15:00.
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