Mokwena: Big clubs judged by results


Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena believes that his club has to start to turn their good performances into results, and soon.

Pirates suffered their fourth loss in the Absa Premiership this season when they were beaten 3-2 by Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium last Saturday.

The Buccaneers remain ninth on the log with only 13 points after 11 games and are set to welcome Polokwane City in their next league match at Orlando Stadium on November 26.

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Mokwena has conceded that his team has to step up and start collecting points.

"The players have done extremely well to make sure that they protect the reputation and integrity of the club, which is an important thing," he said.

"Of course big clubs are judged by results, we know that and we are not going to step down on that because the moment we step down from that we lose our status as a big club.

"But we are realistic and fortunately we have management that understand football, understands where we are, understands why we are where we are, and supporters that understand football.

"But be that as it may, you know obviously we have to start to turn those good performances into results."

Meanwhile, Mokwena has attributed their slow start in the league to the integration of new players in the team this season. Pirates let go of 15 players and brought in 10 new faces.

"We had to work hard to build our style and game model. It started with the previous coach. The difficulty has been introducing the new players and trying to adapt to a new style, a new environment and to rebuild a new team," he explained.

"We understand the process, we understand what has happened with our team. We know why we are where we are. We know the transition that took place.

"We know at the beginning of the season we had to make a face-lift in the squad. When you do that unfortunately we had to let go of 15 players and you bring 10 players and of course there is adaptation that has to take place."