Orlando Pirates announced the appointment of Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena as the club’s second in charge to coach Milutin Sredojevic on Thursday.

“Mokwena's dedication to the game pays off with a recognition by an appointment as member of the technical team of the senior team. Rhulani comes to Orlando Pirates with accolades that include having been the Assistant Coach at Mamelodi Sundowns when Sundowns joined Orlando Pirates as the only two South African teams that have won the CAF African Champions League,” Pirates said in statement on their website.

Mokwena is known for not shirking responsibility. According to Pirates, new coach Micho recommended Mokwena as Pirates assistant coach.

"Rhulani's approach to tasks is done in a commitment that is noteworthy. I am pleased that he accepted the challenge,” Sredojevic said.

Mokwena especially thanked Mamelodi Sundowns for the opportunity and support he has received to reach this stage of his career.

"I thank the President Mr Patrice Motsepe and the coach Pitso Mosimane for not only providing me with an opportunity; I thank them for the grace with which they accepted and supported my acceptance of the Orlando Pirates challenge,” Mokwena told the club.

In a statement on their website, African champions Mamelodi Sundowns have wished Mokwena all the best in his new role at Pirates.

“Mamelodi Sundowns wishes Rulani Mokoena success and everything of the best in his new job as Assistant Coach at Orlando Pirates. Rulani Mokoena came to Mamelodi Sundowns as one of the youth academy coaches six years ago and was promoted over the years until he became 2nd assistant coach to the head coach Pitso Mosimane,” Downs said on their website.