Rulani faces sleepless nights


It’s been seven matches since Serbian coach Micho Sredojevic quit his job at Orlando Pirates and Rulani Mokwena was thrown in the deep end.

With one win, four draws and two defeats, it hasn’t been the easiest of starts for Mokwena.

But if anything, the man on the hot seat is adamant that things can only improve for the Buccaneers and he’s ready for the sleepless nights to put in the work.

“I will only rest when I’m six feet under (in the grave) and this club has reached the pinnacle, and has pleased the millions of supporters which is what they deserve,” Mokwena said this week.

“When you are at an institution such as Orlando Pirates, you are there to serve and sleep only comes after the work has been done.”

Mokwena believes that Pirates are stronger now that they have most of the club’s players available after recovering from injuries.

“There are still a lot of sleepless nights and particularly because the competition (for places) has been strengthened,” Mokwena continued.

“We’ve got most of our players back from injury and we are in a position where we are stronger, and like I said, ours is to serve this great institution and make sure that we get the team into a competitive state.”

Pirates’s next match is in the Telkom Knockout last 16 against Stellenbosch on October 19 in Soweto.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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