After Orlando Pirates 0-0 draw with Mamelodi Sundowns, assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena jetted off to Liverpool to visit Melwood, the Merseyside club’s training ground. He explained to Marawa Sport Worldwide on Wednesday evening, that the trip was about learning and developing himself.
“It’s just a promise that I keep to myself. I promised myself that I’m going to keep learning. I promised myself that I’m going to embark on a journey that is a never-ending journey of trying to find out more about football.
“I strongly believe that I’m a student of the game, and as a student of the game, you’ve got to consistently try to keep abreast with the modern trends of the game. You’ve got to keep abreast with the modern training methodologies, and what better way than to always try to venture into territories where you have the best coaches in the world?
“I was always part of a WhatsApp group where we had coaches from Real Madrid, Liverpool and Man United, and it’s always fascinating to speak to these people because it just presents you with an opportunity to learn more. Football is a game that is never falling asleep and continually evolves, particularly when you have technocrats like Pep, Klopp and Nagelsmann who try to take the game to a different level. “
It remains to be seen if Orlando Pirates will follow Jürgen Klopp’s example of aggressive counter-pressing (closing down as soon as the ball is lost) in the game against Soweto rivals, Kaizer Chiefs this weekend.