Rulani admits international break coming at perfect time

Rulani Mokwena (Gallo Images)
Rulani Mokwena (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Rulani Mokwena admits he cannot wait for the international break to put in some hard work on the training ground.

Pirates are on a five-match losing streak and have recently been knocked out of the MTN8 as the well as the CAF Champions League.

Former coach Milutin Sredojevic resigned on the eve of the Buccanneers' 1-0 MTN8 quarter-final defeat to Highlands Park, throwing inexperienced 32-year-old Mokwena into the deep end.

What followed were successive draws against AmaZulu and Zambian outfit Green Eagles, which saw the Sea Robbers' continental campaign prematurely come to an end 2-1 on aggregate, after losing the first leg 1-0.

The Soweto giants seem a bit disjointed and appear to still be getting used to Mokwena's tactics and style of play. And the Bucs mentor believes the FIFA break has come at the perfect time as he looks to imprint his philosophy on the side.

“We have to take marginal gains at this moment in time, such as the clean sheet against AmaZulu and that we managed to put one in the back of the net against Green Eagles,” said Mokwena.

“Of course, we can do better, and we know that it’s just about finding that victory and getting back to work to find our balance and stability in our game.

“At least the FIFA break comes [soon] and gives us an opportunity to put in some work because we’ve got a very good technical team, and at this moment we believe we need a little bit of time on the pitch to stabilise things and give our players confidence.”

But before the players can go on that break, they have an Absa Premiership clash with Golden Arrows on Wednesday evening.

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