Orlando Pirates loanee Mokwena 'doesn't care about who pays him'


Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena, who is on loan at Chippa United, says it does not matter where he draws his salary from.

The 35-year-old tactician joined the Chilli Boys in March 2020 on a short-term deal which will expire at the end of next month.

There is much uncertainty in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic which has led to the suspension of the current PSL season since March 2020.

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“I don’t care about where I’m getting paid from. Those things are not important to me. What is important is that I have to be at training," Mokwena told the South African Football Journalists Association (Safja), as reported by IOL.

"I do what I love every day. I just had a training session today with the players on Zoom. I was part of the training. We did kickboxing. I just enjoy my work.

"I give my best to Chippa regardless of who is paying my salary. I think, that’s for my agent and those are legalities that my agent takes care of. I don’t even know to be honest."

PSL clubs are facing financial uncertainty as they are not able to generate income during the current lockdown, while AmaZulu FC enforced pay-cuts at the end of last month. 

“The players' concerns become my concern. Regardless of who pays my salary, if my players are not getting paid, I’m the first one to pick up the phone and speak to the chairman because of course it affects my job," Mokwena continued.

"If players are unhappy it is very difficult for players to perform. At the end of the day, the coach bears the brunt for bad results. I have to adopt my players and be a parent to them, I can’t be selfish.

"That’s one thing we can’t do as coaches to exclude ourselves from the group. If there’s a deduction on their salaries, it is my responsibility as the leader of the group to take it up with the chairman of the club."

The former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach revealed that there are no salary cuts at the Chilli Boys, who are owned by Eastern Cape-born businessman Siviwe 'Chippa' Mpengesi.

“We had a discussion with the chairman and I’m proud that all the players have been paid in full. With so much negativity around Chippa United and what happens around his name," he added.

"It is humbling when he puts his neck out and say he will pay full salaries. It is a big responsibility on his shoulders considering he is running the club from his own pocket. I think it is commendable.

"For the good things that are happening at Chippa he [chairman Chippa Mpengesi] doesn’t get credit. He is doing so much work even in the Eastern Cape at the moment. He donated R300 000 to the underprivileged recently."

Mokwena, who has been tasked with ensuring that Chippa retain their status in the PSL, led the team to a 0-0 draw against Bidvest Wits in his first league game in March prior to the competition being suspended indefinitely.



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