Rhulani Mokwena remains grounded after second Orlando Pirates win


Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena has reflected on his second win in charge of the team and refused to get carried away.

Pirates overcame Stellenbosch in their opening round Telkom Knockout clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night as they progressed to the quarterfinal stage.

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This was the club’s first cup win of the season, as well as Mokwena’s second win since stepping up from assistant coach eight games ago.

Having come through a torrid spell of three matches in which the team scored eight goals but conceded seven, the young tactician commended the performance as they kept their first clean sheet since the end of August.

“We are very gracious when we lose but we are also very humble, we keep our feet on the ground, when we win,” said Mokwena.

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“One swallow doesn’t make a Summer, and we understand that we’ve got a lot of work to do still. The fact that we kept our balance and defensive schemes, and the positive is that we kept a clean sheet.

“We like to look at the positives, as much as we created and maintained the chance creation, we still maintained very good defensive stability and we were very good on rest defence.

“So, these are the positive and building blocks, and the FIFA break afforded us time to work our organisation when we have possession and to maintain our compactness so that we’re not as vulnerable on transitions.”

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