Rhulani: Why 'Isco' struggled at Bucs


Chippa United coach Rhulani Mokwena has opened up on the situation of an Orlando Pirates player who is on loan after he struggled at the Soweto outfit.

Mokwena is not the only Pirates employee currently on loan at Chippa and is joined by players Tercious Malepe, Diamond Thopola, Sandile Mthethwa and Meshack Maphangule after they did not make the grade during their parent club's pre-season.

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Maphangule, who the Buccaneers signed from Black Leopards in 2018 upon the recommendation of Mokwena and ex-coach Milutin Sredojevic, has been a regular feature for the Chilli Boys this season and this comes as no surprise for the young tactician.

"I like Maphangule, I call him Isco. I think he's an extremely intelligent football player. When we were at Pirates, he was one of the players we recommended to be signed when he was available," Mokwena told the SA Football Journalists' Association.

"He's got very good qualities from a football perspective and, of course, if you know the demographics and socio-geographical diversity of our country, players that come from the North generally struggle in the big clubs because of their personality.

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"It's just about character traits and he needed a longer time to adapt to the pressure and environment at Orlando Pirates, but that doesn't take away the fact that he's a very good player with a lot to give.

"He's a Pirates player, and he's on loan to Chippa – just like I am on loan, so until we know the future about who's staying or who's going, I don't know whether he will stay or go back to Pirates.

"But knowing the processes that will happen at Pirates, I presume that he'll return and they'll give the technical team an opportunity to assess him and then make a decision on what happens with his future."

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