Bucs star credits Rhulani influence


Orlando Pirates forward Gabadinho Mhango feels former interim coach Rhulani Mokwena deserves "more credit" for his current form as well as the team’s progress under Josef Zinnbauer.

Mhango is a man on fire at present, having scored 12 goals in his last 10 matches dating back to the Soweto Derby back in November last year, while Mokwena was still in charge.

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The 27-year-old has since continued his form under Zinnbauer and established himself as Pirates’ main striker, but he cannot deny that the former interim mentor created the spark within him.

“I will say that, ja, he deserves more credit [for my form] actually, but it’s also about the team and the players, because we understand each other,” said Mhango.

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“So, it’s something that even the coach doesn’t tell us what to do, because as players we understand what to do and we know each other.”

On the current state of the team, the Malawian international has also admitted that the German mentor acquired a well-oiled machine before tweaking their system to what it is now.

“I think when the coach came the first day, he watched the games and the videos of how we play, and then we sat down and he told us, ‘Guys, I want to change the system, this is what we want to do.’ Everyone was not surprised and we just adapted to his game,” he added.

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