Rulani Mokwena: I’ve got a very good relationship with Rakhale

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With Thabo Rakhale’s current contract with Chippa United set to expire at the end of the 2019/20 season, ex-Orlando Pirates coach Rulani Mokwena has set the record straight, insisting he has a good relationship with the star player and does not harbour any negative feelings towards him.

Rakhale left Pirates in 2018 after the arrival of coach Milutin Sredojevic and his assistant Mokwena as he was being used sparingly and struggled to make an impact under the two tacticians.

Mokwena, who is on a six-month loan deal at Chippa from Pirates, said they are trying to keep Rakhale at the club amid reports that the attacking skillful midfielder is on his way out.

“The club has offered a contract extension but, of course, the player needs to discuss and come to an agreement with regards to the terms, but it’s absolute nonsense that Rakhale is on his way out,” said Mokwena.

“It was extremely reckless, and I want to go on record in saying that some of the reports were extremely malicious and trying to destabilise the environment, because the direction being taken was that when Rulani was at Pirates, Rakhale and [Diamond] Thopola left, so he’s got a personal agenda against these people,” added the former Pirates interim coach.

“So, it’s extremely nonsense. I’ve got a very, very good relationship with Rakhale. Thabo has a contract that is expiring. I have had several discussions with him about what he wants to do in the future.

“And Diamond is on loan from Pirates, so how do we terminate a loan with a player that’s injured and had been for almost two months prior to me arriving?” Mokwena asked. 

“All of a sudden, I terminate a loan contract? It doesn’t work like that, it’s unethical and something I’d never do,” concluded the former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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