- Orlando Pirates legend Benson Mhlongo has come out in support of under-fire Orlando Pirates coach Rulani Mokwena
- Mhlongo feels that it’s too early to judge Mokwena and called for the club and supporters to be patient
- The former defender also claimed that black people don’t want to see a black coach succeed due to jealousy
Orlando Pirates legend Benson Mhlongo hasn’t minced his words as he came to the defence of embattled Bucs coach Rulani Mokwena.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that former club legend, Steve Lekoelea, urged Pirates to show patience and to stick with Mokwena and it seems that Mhlongo shares a similar view.
Pirates have been in terrible form and are winless in four matches under Mokwena and were also dumped out of the Caf Champions League and MTN8 tournaments.
However, Mhlongo feels it is much too early to judge the interim coach after only a handful of matches in charge.
The Citizen reported that the former defender and midfielder shared some strong views as to the reasons for Mokwena’s position being questioned.
Mhlongo said, “We have a problem with Jealous, I don’t think as blacks we want to see another black person survive. If they can give it to a white or an indian we will never even talk.”
Briefly.co.za understands that Mhlongo rates Mokwena’s ability after the two men worked together.
Mhlongo also strongly feels that South Africa needs to groom local coaches, even if it takes ten years to come to fruition.
He said, “When you work with an overseas coach some of our players don’t understand the language, even the foreign coach doesn’t understand English so it makes life very difficult.”
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