Orlando Pirates coach, Rhulani Mokwena, says he does not need personal titles, but is working towards ensuring that the team secures as many titles as possible.
Mokwena was responding to a question from a journalist on Thursday afternoon about not having any trophy in his short professional career as a head coach.
“Pirates needs trophies. And we know about our drought. It’s been seven years now [without winning any title]. Seven years is a very symbolic number in the Bible. We are aware that we’ve gone on a seven-year drought and it started before me, it will continue even if it’s not with me,” Mokwena said.
“It’s not about me, it’s about the club. What is important is for us to serve the club. We just have to make sure we do our utmost best. A club of Orlando Pirates’ magnitude deserves to win trophies week in and week out, season in and a season out,” Mokwena said.
The Buccaneers take on Stellenbosch FC in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout on Saturday at 6pm at Orlando Stadium. The team hopes to advance to the next round and get closer to winning their first trophy in four seasons. Mokwena knows just how much work is required to succeed in his position.
“My grandfather, [Eric 'Scara' Sono], died for this club. My uncle, Jomo Sono, [famously] left his wedding for this club and who am I to complain when I have to spend sleepless nights? That’s all they ask of me. They ask me to spend sleepless nights to make sure that the club returns to winning ways,” he said.
He said this is the responsibility that comes with being at a big club like Pirates. “I don’t need the trophies. Pirates need the trophies to fulfil the expectations .. number one.. and to make sure we make our people happy. We were once known as the Happy People and we would like to be known as the Happy People once again,” said Mokwena.