Mhlongo: No fans, no pressure for Davids


Former Orlando Pirates assistant coach Benson Mhlongo believes playing matches behind closed doors will work in favour of caretaker coach Fadlu Davids.

Davids is currently in charge of the team in the absence of Josef Zinnbauer who had to rush back to Germany for a family emergency.

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Mhlongo, who wants sat on the Pirates bench during Micho Sredojevic's tenure at Pirates, says not having a crowd will mean less pressure on Davids.

"It could be a blessing in disguise to give a coach time to settle," Mhlongo tells

"Because if you have supporters, they are very rude sometimes, especially Orlando where when they feel you are not scoring, they will put you under pressure. And the word support I think we must define it what is to support.

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"If a person is not given a chance you will never know the answer. It's time that we stop doing the same mistake, we always judge people. That's why we don't have people. Pitso went to Egypt because we judged him too much, he is tired.

"We are losing people who must help us improve the game. We go and get people that we don't know and hope that they'll do well and then when they don't do well, we make excuses. At home we don't give them a chance.

"To play football someone must give you your first game professionally. To become a coach someone must give you that first job as a coach. They gave him at Maritzburg he did well. It's just that Maritzburg nearly went to relegation. For me it doesn't matter how good you are, if you are not given a chance you are good a nothing."