'Give Rhulani the same as Ernst got'


Highlands Park coach Owen da Gama believes Rhulani Mokwena deserves the same kind of chance Ernst Middendorp got to turn things around at Kaizer Chiefs.

The 32-year-old Mokwena has found himself in a pressure situation in his first season as head coach of Orlando Pirates with results not coming as he would have wished.

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Da Gama, who was in charge of Pirates in the past, has appealed to the club to give Mokwena more time to turn things around.

"I think Rhulani is a brilliant coach," Da Gama said.

"Sometimes when someone becomes a head coach he has to be given chance to implement his style of play. He has to be given time.

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"I mean [Kaizer] Chiefs gave Ernst Middendorp time and now he is top of the log. Last year Chiefs were not doing well, let's be honest, but they gave the coach a chance.

"So why not give Rhulani a chance? Give Rhulani a chance and let's see what happens. He needs time, he needs an opportunity to get things right. So I think he is a brilliant coach and I think given time he can take this team to a high level."

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Da Gama added that Chiefs were patient with Middendorp even when he failed to guide them to the top eight and they are now reaping the rewards for their patience.

"Exactly what Middendorp needed. Chiefs are also a huge team, they didn't even finish up in the top eight but he was given a chance. For me, the only thing is he [Mokwena] must be given the opportunity."

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