Mhlongo: Komphela good for Pirates


Former Orlando Pirates captain Benson Mhlongo believes Steve Komphela's achievements and experience in football will take the club to greater heights.

Khompela, who is one of the three coaches at DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns, is believed to be heading to Orlando to try and help them bring back the glory days.

Mhlongo feels the unsuccessful three-year stint at Pirates’ Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs will help Khompela to do better this time around, as he's already used to the pressure of coaching big teams.

"Look, he's got experience; been around the block; he understands our culture; he's a born leader; he's run his race; I think he can be given a chance," Mhlongo tells

"I believe everyone deserves a chance. You cannot judge a book by its cover. Let's see what he can do, and who knows, he might do well. For me, he's experienced enough to go and lead a big team.

"What happened at Chiefs, that is to his advantage because he has been there, he understands the pressure, he played for a big team, he was a captain, he did well in Turkey.

“So, I think we underrate him. I think it's time we really appreciate what people have achieved. I think he has achieved a lot in his career. I don't see a problem there if you can look at the players he has produced.

“He did well with Silver Stars, produced players. He did well at Free State Stars, produced players. He did well at Arrows, he produced stars. That's one accolade we can give him, that he's brave enough to play youngsters, whereas some coaches are not brave enough.

“We can rest assured and believe in him because he's been doing it with smaller teams. Pirates, I think they've done their homework, they know why they want him on board."

Asked if Khompela was the right man to bring silverware and deliver a league title for the Buccaneers next season, Mhlongo replied: "We cannot say in the first season we expect a lot.

“Let's give him a chance to build a team and then you can take it from there. You cannot go for success without a foundation. Let's him give him a chance to build his foundation, and then take it from there."