Moloi: The days of Papic are gone


Orlando Pirates legend Teboho Moloi is not buying into the current technical team’s “rebuilding” and feels another season without a trophy is not good enough.

Though Pirates remain mathematically in the Absa Premiership title race with the final day beckoning, their hopes no longer rest solely on themselves but also on Free State Stars.

The Buccaneers simply have to win their last clash against Polokwane City at home, and hope that Sundowns drop points away to Ea Lla Koto at Goble Park, if they are to snatch the trophy from their rivals.

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However, having declared the chances highly unlikely, Moloi feels another season without a trophy at his former employers is painful, and believes some serious introspection needs to be done by coach Milutin Sredojevic and his colleagues to dissect where they got it wrong.

“I think they need to do introspection of what it is that they want to do because, I don’t want to lie, no trophy this season will mean it was a very bad season,” Moloi tells

“Not bad as in they didn’t play well – they did; but no trophy … Last season, it was rebuilding; now, if there’s no trophy, are we saying we’re rebuilding again? You can’t.

“If we fail, we must analyse where we failed, and we must fix where we failed. And we must be bold enough to say, ‘This year we were gunning for trophies, but we didn’t achieve what we had set out.’

“Because, are we going to continue playing good football season after season and still say, ‘We are rebuilding?’ No man, the days of Papic are gone.

“They need to really take responsibility to say, ‘Last season we played well but maybe what affected us [this season] – was it our chopping and changing [of line-ups]?

“Or maybe bringing in nine new players was a mistake because it disrupted the rhythm that we had last season – those players had to adjust and all that.

“Or the fact that they’ve been saying, ‘We’ll see what happens.’ This is Pirates, you can’t think average, you have to aim high.”

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