Rhulani Mokwena: I'm ready to take the heat, pressure


At 32 years old, Mokwena is currently by far the youngest coach in the PSL, having taken over from Milutin Sredojevic just three games into the season.

The young tactician has previously served as assistant coach at Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars, where he also worked in the youth structures.

Since his rise to the hot seat at one of the biggest clubs in Southern Africa, he has faced plenty of criticism over his inexperience, with some suggesting that he should have started out at smaller clubs before being given a shot at The Buccaneers.

But Mokwena is confident in his appointment and believes he is fully capable of making a success of his spell despite starting at the top of the local football pyramid.

“There’s a lot of talk that, ‘He must run his own race’, and the expectation was that I run my race and start my race with smaller clubs, but God had a different plan and put me in a situation where I start running my race at a prestigious club like this,” said Mokwena.

“I’ve got to be grateful and humble to the management of the club for giving me this opportunity, but at the same time that comes with a huge responsibility and it’s like being put into a gold mine.

“But if you know process, and you understand the value of the most precious elements in the world – talk about platinum, gold, diamonds – they’ve all got to go through the process of heat, being cut and pressure.

“So, if you want to become a person of value or of credibility, you’ve got to withstand heat; you’ve got to be prepared to be cut and to go through the pressure, because you know what the outcome is most likely to be.

“I’m prepared to go through the deepest, darkest of gold mines, because it wouldn’t be for the first time, and I say it all the time that I’m here to serve.”