Moloi: 'Jomo' needs help to grow
Posted: 22 December 2017 Time: 15:30
Chippa United coach Teboho Moloi has welcomed the arrival of Thabo Rakhale and believes he can soon become “one of the greatest in the country again”.
Rakhale arrives at the Chilli Boys following a swap deal that sees Diamond Thopola and Phetso Maphanga join Orlando Pirates in the January transfer window.
The 27-year-old winger has stagnated at the Buccaneers over the past two seasons, having struggled to command a regular place in the team’s line-up.
The former Sivutsa Stars attacker managed just one start under Micho Sredojevic this season, making his exit less of a shock to some Pirates fans.
However, one man’s trash is another’s treasure as Moloi believes Rakhale still has plenty to offer and is confident he can help the Vaal-born dribbling wizard return to his best.
“He’ll bring a lot, you know ‘Jomo’ [Rakhale]. It helps that I’ve worked with him, and I’ve always been his admirer,” Moloi tells KickOff.com.
“People like Jomo are late bloomers. You know, there’s that talent we find here at home that are late bloomers, and he also needs help to grow.
“If you remember, Jomo was playing the best football when I was there [at Pirates], now he’s in and out of the team. I’ll try to get him to realise his potential again.
“He must enjoy his football and play it to his fullest potential. So I’ll try and help him as much as I can and, who knows, before you realise Jomo will be one of the greatest players in the country again.”
‘Coach Tebza’, as he is referred to by his players, fondly remembers the inspiring role Rakhale played in the Bucs’ CAF Confederation Cup campaign back in 2015, and hopes to remind him of his brilliance and potential.
“Since the Confed Cup Jomo’s star started to go down, but during the tournament he was one of the players that was really carrying Pirates. Now you ask yourself, ‘what has gone wrong?’ So, I think he also feels that I could be the right guy to help him realise his potential again,” he concludes.