Orlando Pirates’ Rhulani says Pirates players are learning the Sundowns way

Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena has explained how players’ self-assessment will improve the team, as well as the level of performance in the country.

Mokwena’s arrival alongside head coach Milutin Sredojevic at Pirates has evidently raised the technical and tactical level of the team, turning them into title contenders within the space of just 12 months.

The Buccaneers went from ending in a lowly 12th position in 2016/17 to being beaten to the Absa Premiership title by Mamelodi Sundowns with a difference of just five points in 2017/18.

Both tacticians boast vast knowledge and experience in African football in their own right, with Sredojevic having coached on the continent for 17 years, while Mokwena aided The Brazilians’ to domestic and continental success during his three years at the club.

At Chloorkop, much fuss was made over their unique model of making players analyse their own performances, resulting in noticeable improvements in their games both individually and collectively.

Mokwena has since brought this model over to Pirates and has shared some insight into the importance of it in the modern game.

“Self-investment made a huge contribution towards the success at Sundowns. At Pirates we are doing the same with individual analysis,” Mokwena tells our source.

“This gives players a broader understanding of the game, as it opens them to different game moments and sharpens them cognitively to think more from a technical and tactical perspective.

“Those things are critical, even though it is not as huge as yet in South Africa. But, I’ve seen that coaches are giving players a lot more responsibility and making them more accountable with their performances.

“I think this is what will help improve the level of performance in the country.”

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