“I will be the coach until the club says is enough “

With the dust sort of settling around the circumstances which led to Rulani Mokwena being appointed Orlando Pirates interim head coach, the 32-year-old mentor has had some time to wrap his brains around the task at hand.

He was a little reluctant to speak about himself during the club’s open media day session on Wednesday afternoon, but when pressed, Mokwena – who took charge when Micho Sredojevic quit abruptly last month – had a lot to say. 

Mokwena’s “caretaker coach” status suggests that the club could look to make a permanent appointment in search of stability, but given that he remains in charge even after the Fifa break, which teams often see as ideal to make changes, that may very well be an indication that Pirates will keep him there for the remainder of the season. 

A six-game winless run, with Mokwena being in his new role in four of those matches, also brought about questions on whether he was ready. 

“I think Pirates is a club that values certain principles,” the coach said when asked if he’s had talks with management about his immediate future.

“And I try not to speak about myself a lot because this position is like being in an army and having to serve. You complain after, you ask questions after. I could have been at Bafana Bafana, but didn’t go. I had job offers to go somewhere else to be a head coach, but I didn’t go – for Pirates. If you speak about loyalty and serving, then the actions themselves should speak. It’s not for me to speak about looking over my shoulder. I am at Orlando Pirates until the club says I can no longer be here.”

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