Rhulani warned: Don’t talk like Pitso, Steve


Benson Mhlongo has advised Rhulani Mokwena to be careful of what he says during interviews and not try to be another Pitso Mosimane or Steve Komphela.

The former Orlando Pirates assistant coach has watched on as Mokwena has battled on the mic, with his most recent Picasso and Mona Lisa comments causing a stir in the media.

Mhlongo warns that too much talk between matches could alienate the supporters, who firstly want to see better results rather than their coach being clever in the papers.

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"I just wish. Honestly I just wish they can leave [mind games to] the likes of Pitso, and leave [it to] Komphela. The way they talk, they have experience, they know the mind games. I just wish he does not talk like them," Mhlongo tells KickOff.com.

"I just wish Rhulani can just focus on playing the game because we understand what he is trying to say, but some supporters don't understand. They believe he is arrogant, so that can make supporters not give him enough chance, because of his language.

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"So I think he must mind his language. I know he's good, but he must mind his language.

"Yes, Mlungisi is his name, but let Mlungisi alungise [fix]. You are not winning and you say wena uyalungisa ungumlungisi [as a fixer you are fixing]. It offends some of the supporters. Our supporters are very, very sensitive about Pirates.

"I just wish he can put the tone down. That's the only thing I'm giving him advice to fix. But in coaching he is doing well."

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Mhlongo was asked if he was impressed by the Buccaneers' performance in last week's Telkom Knockout defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.

"I was impressed, especially when they were nine," he adds.

"We saw the change of formation to 3-4-2 and then when they scored the equaliser they went 5-3-1. Now it's interesting when you see two strikers try to get an equaliser and they score.

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"Nine people be able to change a formation on such a big field, now it shows that Rhulani and Fadlu [Davids] these guys have grown as coaches. And they have a bright future."