Komphela: Tough Pirates job will help Mokwena grow


Coach Rhulani Mokwena has been thrown in at the deep end at Orlando Pirates but Steve Komphela believes the experience will be crucial for his development.
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Mokwena is leading the Soweto giants in his very first job as a head coach and he is currently struggling to get the Buccaneers firing on all cylinders as they hover around mid-table.

Komphela is convinced that the high-intensity environment will help Mokwena become a better coach, in the same way the Kaizer Chiefs job helped the current Golden Arrows boss grow.

"Rhulani is in an environment where it is not easy. I know very well what he is going through," Komphela said.

"It is not easy but we always talk. We tell him to listen and focus. It is a great honour and a privilege to be there. So enjoy it and do your job so that after two years, you can say 'I was at Pirates'. You don't sleep there (at Pirates). If you sleep, you are lucky."

Reflecting on his own experiences, Komphela added: "When I left the environment I was at (at Chiefs) I had grey hair. When I went there I was pitch black... but by the time I left it wasn't the same. But that's growth.

"The greatest growth happens in discomfort. If you don't want to grow, be comfortable. But if you want to grow, get into a territory that is uncomfortable."

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