Rulani Mokwena mesmerised by Daine Klate the coach

Rulani Mokwena mesmerised by Daine Klate the coach

Mamelodi Sundowns mentor Rulani Mokwena says he was impressed by the quality of Daine Klate as a player, but even more so now that the former Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United star is a coach.

The two face off in the Nedbank Cup round of 32 at Dobsonville Stadium tonight with The Brazilians traveling to Soweto to take on second tier side La Masia, where Klate is in charge.

Mokwena argues Klate has given the Motsepe Foundation Championship outfit a clear identity since his appointment.

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"I look at the team when I watched La Masia play I can already see the stamp of a coach and they do quite a lot of very good things and whether it’s Virgil Vries in goals or it's Du Plessis [Allesandro] with a left foot. It's the same type of skims in the build-up," Mokwena said.

During his own pre-match conference on the same day, Klate had also described Mokwena as a role model to young and aspiring coaches.

The Sundowns coach was asked what he made of the remarks.

"To be honest I don't think that I am worthy of that I don't think I can at this point in time of my career enjoy that type of responsibility. I think I've still got so much more to learn," Mokwena added.

At 37, Mokwena is a year younger than Klate but more experienced having begun his career while the former Bafana Bafana international was still playing.

The nephew of the legendary Jomo Sono insists he’s still got a long way to go.

"I think I've got so much more to go through still in my journey and I can only receive the words from Daine who was also probably one of the players I used to watch and admire quite a lot with his qualities and I can only receive that with a lot of humility."