Orlando Pirates exit in the CAF Champions League (CAFCL) this past weekend shouldn’t be seen as a reason enough for caretaker coach Rulani Mokwena to be ruled out from getting the coaching job on a permanent basis. This was Mokwena’s response when Pirates were knocked out by Zambian side Green Eagles FC 2-1 in the 2nd leg of the preliminary stages at Orlando Stadium this past Saturday.
Since Milutin Sredojevic’s departure, Mokwena has been in charge of three matches and the club was eliminated in the MTN8 and now the CAFCL.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant reiterates that this project is not about him.
In this period, Pirates have also not had a break and been playing three games in one week and Mokwena is looking forward to the international break that starts this coming Sunday to give them enough time alter things around.
Green Eagles are now only one tie away from reaching the lucrative group stages, they play 2017 CAFCL semi-finalists and Angolan giants Primeiro de Agosto in the first round, starting at home in the first leg.
Eagles head coach Aggrey Chiyangi says there are some areas in their game which still need to be improved.
Meanwhile, Zambian media is reporting that former Bloemfontein Celtic head coach Vaseline Jelusic will soon be unveiled as the new head coach of Chipolopolo.
Jelusic has previously coached Angola and Botswana national teams.
Chiyangi continues to be the caretaker coach and he was already looking forward to the international friendly match against Bafana Bafana in Lusaka next week. – Report by Velile Mnyandu