Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Jabu Mahlangu has explained why the Buccaneers face the possibility of not challenging for the Absa Premiership title this season.
Pirates were dealt a big blow when head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic resigned within a few weeks into the new season, leaving assistant coaches Rhulani Mokwena and Fadlu Davids to take charge of the team.
The Buccaneers started 2019/20 season as hot favourites to dethrone Mamelodi Sundowns as champions and made a promising start with a 3-1 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic, but things have not gone well since then and they’ve dropped points, and they are struggling to score.
"On paper we know, they have good players, quality in almost all positions. Everyone was excited before season started, people were looking forward to their matches because you know Pirates were exciting last season. But things changed after the resignation of their former coach," Mahlangu tells KickOff.com.
The Soweto giants are still looking for their first win with Mokwena, but Mahlangu says it’s too early to judge the young coach.
“I wish people, especially Buccaneers, can be patient with Rhulani Mokwena. It’s too early to judge him, give him a fair opportunity. He's a very good leader, but there's a worrying factor as they haven't won in four matches, and worse they don't score. Even if you still building a team at least get a goal because it can bring hope to supporters."
‘Shuffle’ says the sooner Pirates get positive results the better for the club and their hopes of winning the title.
“The sooner they bounce back the better for them, because if they take another three weeks struggling like this, losing points, they won't win the league."