The youthful tactician did not last long at the helm of the Buccaneers, which was his first job as head of a PSL team
Mamelodi Sundowns’ co-coach explained the circumstances that led to his short stint as coach of the Orlando Pirates.
After working as an assistant coach for Milutin Sredojevic, Mokwena left the helm of the Buccaneers ship in August 2019, but his departure was short-lived.
He lasted only 14 games in his role as interim coach before Josef Zinnbauer was hired on a substantive basis.
Although his tenure was difficult, Mokwena still feels that Pirates did not give him enough time to prove himself.
“Unfortunately, we live in a society where we want immediate gratification, but we as tacticians need to stay true to the process and try to make sure we try to build something sustainable,” Mokwena said. Phakaaathi.
‘We even saw in my previous club where we worked a certain way, and people were not very happy with the results, but we plead for time and patience because we know what we are trying to build.
“We knew the tree we wanted to plant to enjoy the shade, but people got impatient, and a few months later everything dropped and said, ‘Hmm, maybe with a little more patience, things could have been different. ‘… but that’s the reality of sport. ”
With the arrival of Zinnbauer, Mokwena joined Chippa United, where he oversaw just one game, a draw against Bidvest Wits, before returning to Sundowns.
Back at Masandawana, more responsibilities landed on his shoulders after Pitso Mosimane left for Al Ahly.
Mokwena became co-coach with Manqoba Mngqithi while Steve Komphela was appointed senior coach.
“If you look at Barcelona, they offer a specific product to their fans,” Mokwena said.
‘We try to work like this [at Sundowns] consistent because it’s the right way to do things at big clubs, not quick processes – a certain way of playing that offers you success and results.
‘Not only that, but also results and success that you know you can achieve in the future. A team can stay as a great team and have the profile of a great team, not in terms of success, but because of their style of play. “