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Rhulani Mokwena hints at Orlando Pirates stay

09:48 BST 22/05/2018
Rhulani Mokwena - Orlando Pirates
The former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach only joined Bucs at the start of the 2017/18 season, and he doesn't think he's ready to be a head coach

Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena has addressed reports that there's interest in his services in the Premier Soccer League. 

Goal broke the news on Sunday that SuperSport United and Polokwane City were keen on luring Mokwena away from the Sea Robbers ahead of next season.  

“I don’t want to intensify rumours because they will always be there, and when you respond to rumours it’s like pouring oil onto a fire," Mokwena told the media. 

“But I find a lot of peace in my life and coaching career because I enjoy what I do in the here and now, and I don’t focus too much on the future because then I’ll look for something sweet when I haven’t had my meal; that’s not going to help me then,” he said. 

Asked if he has been formally approached by the teams interested in his services, Mokwena replied with a simple 'no', before adding that all he has heard is people whistling around him.  

“No [no formal approach]. Sometimes in the location when you whistle at a girl while she’s walking past, you think you’ve approached her but she walks past because how many other people have whistled at her? So, it’s very difficult. I don’t know what it is to ‘approach’. People whistle, yes, but it’s whistling. So, what do you say?" he asked. 

While Mokwena admits that he is not going to be an assistant for the rest of his life, he revealed that he respects people who believe that he's ready to be a head coach.. 

However, he said he has specific timelimes, hinting that he could snub the two teams that are after his services. 

"I know people think I'm ready to be a head coach, and I respect people's opinions and feelings, but I've got my own pathway and career plan. I also accept that I'm not going to be an assistant for the rest of my career. I have specific timelines, which are in my Bible," added Mokwena. 

Mokwena joined the Buccaneers at the start of the season from Mamelodi Sundowns, and earlier this year, he was invited to form part of the Bafana Bafana camp by Stuart Baxter, only for his employers to turn the invitation down.