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Khoza backs Mokwena to follow in Pitso's footsteps

Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has backed head coach Rulani Mokwena to "exploit his opportunity" and emulate Pitso Mosimane's successful career.

Mosimane started his coaching career at SuperSport United in 2001 and went on to oversee the men's senior national team for two years.

The 55-year-old mentor joined Sundowns in 2012 and has since become one of the country's leading coaches on both the domestic and continental front.

And, while Mokwena is at the start of his journey as a head coach, Khoza feels the former Sundowns assistant coach has all the necessary qualities to forge a successful career in South Africa's top flight.

"Pitso was given an opportunity [at] an early age and he didn't fail," Khoza was quoted as saying by IOL.

"He exploited the opportunity and never looked back. Hopefully, Rulani will also exploit his [opportunity].

"It is not an easy job this. You need to have a certain kind of temperament. But Rulani is a very hard-working young man who loves his football. He is very passionate and he works smart."

However, Khoza was quick to highlight that Mokwena still had much to learn.

Khoza added: "He needs to understand his team - it is both the technical team and his players. He has to learn all those elements.

"He must understand at Pirates, it is not about you but it is about the team. You have to get the team behind you and understand your competition.

"Modern football has a lot of challenges. You have to research and analyse in order to have a competitive edge over your rivals.

"You must learn quickly and keep up with the rest of the world," he concluded.