Speaking at the PSL offices, where he was crowned Absa Premiership Coach of the Month for November on Monday, Moloi set the record straight on his time as assistant coach at his boyhood club between 2011 and 2015.
“When I was an assistant I always used to see myself as a coach because I’d also bark instructions, and it would be seen as I’m saying something different to the coach but I still maintain that I grew up in that [Pirates] team,” explained Moloi.
“When you grew up in your house, how can you stand up from having lunch and go to the corner and piss there, instead of using the bathroom?
“What people used to say about me is something like that, that I stood up from the table to go and piss there in the corner.
“I would never give an instruction that was against what the coach wanted or that was not beneficial for Pirates to win at that time.”
Having recently notched up a 10-match unbeaten run and, albeit briefly, leading the Chilli Boys to second position on the log in his first head coaching spell, ‘Tebza’ says the only difference to being an assistant is the responsibilities he is now forced to take.
“I always tell people, for me to have moved from assistant to head coach is just a title to me. At the end of the day I’ve always been barking instructions,” he added.
“I’m the most difficult person to deal with, especially when it came to Orlando Pirates because I grew up there, I understand the culture and everything.
“I knew that whatever I was doing then was in the best interest of the team, so I don’t know now [at Chippa] whether it’s different from there or not.
“The only thing I can tell is you different is that I have to be in the office now, like I was asked [by the media], ‘Coach, how many players do you think you’re going to reinforce?’
“I never used to make those decisions – the financial decisions, travelling, replacements and all that – and now I have to put my head on the block.”
Jokingly, Moloi concluded: “Before I used to just give an idea to a coach, ‘Don’t you think this can work?’ And, if it didn’t work, then… tough luck! Now it’s a bit difficult because I’m in the forefront and I’m listening to someone on the side saying, ‘Don’t you think this will work?’ That’s the only difference with this position that I’m in now.”
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