“There’s two key thumbprints in them: there’s the [former Chippa coach] Dan ‘Dance’ Malesela approach‚ which is of patient build-up and try to keep and retain possession.
“But at the very same time there’s the Clinton Larsen [Chippa’s current coach] approach that is based on the reinforced defensive blocks being very resolute and narrow‚ sit in the last third and try to limit spaces in-between the lines‚ but at the same try to play on transition.”
Mokwena said he’s watched all the four league games Chippa have played and has noted the differences in approach in all those matches.
“We have been able to watch their last four games – against Polokwane [City]‚ against [Mamelodi] Sundowns… the 1-1 draw with [Meshack] Maphangule scoring where they played extremely different to how they played against Golden Arrows and how they played against Stellenbosch‚” he said.
“They’ve got certain traits that are very consistent. They’ve got certain patterns of play that are very consistent and they’ve got a lot of strength in Lerato and Rulani Manzini.”
But the Bucs coach insisted that‚ having done his homework‚ his charges should be able to get their second maximum points this season.
“We know the influence that Kurt Lentjies has on the team and we know the influence that Andile Mbenyane has on the team when he plays‚” Mokwena said.
“But they play a little different to when they have William Twala and [Thabo] ‘Jomo’ Rakhale on the pitch as opposed to when they have Kurt and Mbenyane playing behind Manzini.
“We also know some of their strengths and weaknesses. So my players know what I know and what we’re trying to do. We try to be as thorough as possible with our preparations.
“It’s the five ‘Ps’ of coaching: Proper preparation prevents poor performances. It’s the five Ps of coaching and that’s the most the coach can do.
“It’s to make sure that you’re proper in your preparation.”