- Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena has revealed key aspects of the club’s recruitment policy
- He said the club only signed the right kind of players who are proven performers and would fit into the culture of the club
- Mokwena revealed that players or future players needed to have a spiritual connection with the club and be willing to die for the club
Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena has revealed certain key aspects of the glamour club’s recruitment policy. Mokwena said an important part of signing any new player was ensuring they would fit into the culture of the club.
He said technical ability, talent and skill were important, but the club also looked at whether a prospective player had a spiritual connection with the club.
Pirates will be aiming to finish one better than their second place in the PSL next year. The club is expected to sign key players to strengthen certain aspects of their game.
Briefly.co.za gathered that since joining the club in 2016/17 coach Micho Sredojevic has changed the fortunes of the club and turned its fortunes around. Sredojevic is expected to continue on his recruitment drive with the aim of returning the club to its former glory.
The club is said to be interested in signing Linda Mntambo and Paseko Mako as part of the deal which saw Gift Motupa move to Chippa United.
Mokwena said the Buccaneers also looked to sign players who had proven past results.
He said: “It’s very difficult to sign players for Orlando Pirates, because it is a spiritual club. People say Pirates don’t sign a lot but the club tries to sign the right players.”
“Part to signing players at Orlando Pirates is an unwritten criteria, because the club – being a spiritual one – then looks for players that have a spiritual connection to the badge,” Mokwena explained.
Mokwena said historically some of the club’s best players such as Jomo Sono, Bernard Lushozi, Gerald Raphahlela, John Moeti’s, Oupa Manyisa and Andile Jali were all spiritually aligned to the club.
He said these players were all spiritually linked to the club and were willing to die for the club. Mokwena said this quality was something which the club looked for when signing new players.
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