Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane admits he is delighted to be welcoming back Rulani Mokwena who he believes has improved both as a coach and a human being.
The Brazilians confirmed Mokwena’s return to Chloorkop as an assistant coach on Wednesday.
Mosimane says the three years Mokwena spent as an assistant and caretaker coach at Orlando Pirates as well as a short stint as head coach of Chippa United has helped the latter grow mentally.
“He is very brave as a young coach to be able to move and explore and see what’s in for him. It is not many coaches who can do that but he did that which is good. He is now a better person, a better coach, I must say,” said Mosimane.
“He’s a better coach because he has learned a lot, three years down the line he has learned a lot and he was a head coach so the mental side, the character is becoming different and he had his own challenges and his own successes so he comes back also a much better coach in terms of experience now.
“He started his career here so he has been with us for so many years. Of course he did move on like anybody else, like I have moved on. We are all coaches, we are all ambitious people and we try to see what’s in it for me and you got to try and test yourself. Why not? So yeah he is a better person and a better coach so what I am happy with is I am receiving an improved Rulani,”
Having been part of the Sundowns technical team for three seasons prior to his move to rivals Pirates as assistant to Milutin Sredojevic, Mosimane says not much has changed since Mokwena left.
“The good thing is you don’t sell the team to Rulani, you are not saying this is how the team play because we have never changed the way we play. The philosophy of Mamelodi Sundowns has been the same and I have put it there and I have never changed. That’s why I said when he left he left with a classified book and he has brought it back but now what we need to do is to edit and upgrade on the book that he had.
“So that’s what we are going to do and he catches up quickly because he is an intelligent person, never mind the coach. He is an intelligent person and a good coach of respect and integrity and he got his information and he has got his knowledge,” added Mosimane.
Mokwena has reportedly already joined the Sundowns squad at their training camp at the Royal Marang Hotel in Rustenburg, North West.
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