Augusto Palacios says there is little truth to Jerry Sikhosana's claim that only white coaches succeed at the likes of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.
Pirates legend Sikhosana recently implied it was the colour of Jozef Zinnbauer's skin that has been helping him perform wonders at his former club, and not his coaching methods.
The Buccaneers have sailed up to second place on the Absa Premiership table after another win over the weekend and are only nine points behind Chiefs now.
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"Maybe Pirates need a white coach, they do well under white coaches," Sikhosana was recently quoted as saying by a local tabloid.
"I played for something like seven white coaches at Pirates and they all did well, and I had two black coaches and we were struggling.
"I don’t know why that is. Is it our mental approach towards our black coaches or is it the respect we give white coaches?
"I really can’t get it because that has been a problem since my playing days. When a white coach comes somebody wants to be disciplined and do things correctly."
But Peruvian mentor Palacios, who coached both the Soweto giants and won them some silverware, does not believe what 'Legs of Thunder' says is entirely true.
"[Laughs] Who says this? On my side I had several success for Orlando Pirates because I'm black," Palacios tells KickOff.com.
"They are maybe talking about a black coach who is born in South Africa, because I won several things with Orlando Pirates.
"It's Vodacom Challenge, Carling Cup, the league... but yes, there's been white coaches that were successful at Orlando Pirates, Viktor Bondarenko... I cannot deny it.
"It's a mix. It's happening all over. I don't believe in colours. I believe what is good to you is experience and capacity.
"Because for an example if you talk about Middendorp, he never qualified in two occasions for the top eight, and now he is on the top of the league.
"Micho [Sredojevic] went to Uganda. He was successful for their national team, he took Uganda to AFCON, but he did not succeed here."