Rhulani responds to Pirates crisis talk


Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena has defended against suggestions the club is in crisis based on recent results, including the Soweto Derby defeat.

Pirates have been eliminated from the Telkom Knockout by rivals Kaizer Chiefs and find themselves languishing down in eighth position on the Absa Premiership table.

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The club’s supporters have been divided over the progress of the team under Mokwena, who took over the club 11 matches ago but has only won three games since.

The 32-year-old, however, has since defended that talk of pressure is unfounded as he reflected on the results of the past five games, insisting that there has been progress.

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“In Pirates’ last five matches, there’s two wins, two draws and one defeat. If that is not an upward trajectory and you don’t see that as progress, then I don’t know what is,” defended Mokwena.

“No team can win each and every single game, but from where we come – we’ve been conceding goals, losing matches week-in and week-out; we’ve managed to stabilise the ship and we the reality is that we are two points fourth spot.

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“Now it makes the next league games very, very important so that we can get a little bit closer to competing for the championship, and that’s what we have to focus on for now.

“So, there’s a lot of progress and there’s a lot of positives, and this is what we want to focus on. Like I say to you, if you look at the results and not consider penalties, then you’ll understand that in the last five games we’ve only lost one.

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“So, we don’t feel the pressure; we don’t feel the crisis. Ours is to makes sure now, because we’ve proven that we can win games, to find a bit of consistency and win two, three, four games in a row. That is what we focus on.”