Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has praised his assistant coach Rulani Mokwena for his contribution following this weekend's emphatic Soweto Derby win.
The Buccaneers record a 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, and 'Micho' said that he enjoys working with the young coach.
“Pirates will be there with or without me. Beside me, there is a person (Rulani Mokwena) that I believe one day - like in athletics - I’ll give him the relay (baton) to go all the way to last the same longevity of Alex Ferguson,” Sredojevic told the media on Saturday.
“We are working and he’s growing. I am so happy and proud to be working him with him,” he said.
Just before taking the coaching reigns at Pirates at the beginning of last season, the Buccaneers were reduced to an ordinary team in the 2016/17 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.
The Soweto giants failed to qualify for the MTN8 Cup for the first time since 1986 as they suffered embarrassing losses to SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns where they conceded six goals in both matches.
“Before I came here, social media was full of jokes towards Orlando Pirates. They were punching us left and right (about the trophy-less streak),” he continued.
“We came together and had a good season but I promised myself that I won’t focus on last season anymore,” reacted the Serbian.
“The way matches are coming this season, every one of them is important in the sense that we have no right to get carried away,” responded the former Uganda coach.
“At the end of the season, we’ll then see if things will satisfy the most demanding and loyal supporters. They push us in all human sporting-limits to make them happy,” concluded the coach.
Speaking about challenging for trophies, Sredojevic and Mokwena will want to dethrone Sundowns as PSL champions as they remain second on the log table with 19 points from 11 matches.