‘Leaving Sundowns for Pirates was the right decision’ – Rulani

Chippa United head coach Rulani Mokwena says that he has no regrets over leaving Mamelodi Sundowns for Orlando Pirates despite some criticisms on his move.

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Mokwena joined the Buccaneers three years ago following a trophy-laden career as a second assistant to coach Pitso Mosimane.

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coach Rhulani Mokwena during his coaching stint with Orlando Pirates.
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“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 said in an interview with Lesedi FM as quoted by Goal.

The Soweto-born mentor believes that the Sea Robbers are a bigger institution hence he feels he learned a lot during his time with the club. 

“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,” he continued.

“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.”

The 33-year-old coach went further to give an insight into the experience he gained while working for both Sundowns and Pirates, insisting that it supersedes the experience one gains at relatively smaller teams.

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Coach Rhulani Mokwena and Pitso Mosimane during his coaching stint with Mamelodi Sundowns.
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“If you look at the experience that I have been fortunate to gather at Sundowns and even at Pirates,” he continued.

“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.”