How Pirates paid their 'school fees'


Orlando Pirates may have just turned the corner with their victory over Chippa United at the weekend, but Rhulani Mokwena admitted they still paid “school fees”.

Pirates came out of the FIFA break with plenty to prove after enduring a run of six matches without a win across all competitions, and they showed signs of life as they beat The Chilli Boys 2-1 at Orlando Stadium.

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The win was also a milestone for Mokwena, who has been under severe scrutiny since taking over the helm from Milutin Sredojevic a few weeks ago.

While the result was pleasing for the young coach, he admitted the late surge from Chippa nearly cost his side all three points as they paid the price for having introduced 19-year-old Thabiso Monyane and 22-year-old Zakhele Lepasa in the second half.

“[Nyauza] unfortunately had to come off [due to injury] and we were forced to change the structure, and not only that but we took a bit of a gamble by bringing on the young boy Thabiso,” explained Mokwena.

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“He did very, very well by bringing us a bit more width and some speed and depth to get behind them, and we were solid and controlled – no threats.

“Once we went 2-0 up, that’s the price you pay for having Lepasa on the pitch; you have Thabiso on the pitch – a lot of youngsters, so you’re going to pay school fees because they play the moment instead of the game.

“But they will learn; they’ll come [right], we’ll teach them and show them the corrections, and they’ll get better.”

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