'Rhulani is turning into a crybaby'

Premiership

Ex-Baroka head coach Sello Chokoe has come out strongly against Chippa United coach Rhulani Mokwena for what he said about black coaches.

The former Orlando Pirates interim coach, who has been loaned to the Chilli Boys, said last week that black coaches are being set up for failure by their club bosses.

Mokwena revealed how he sometimes felt discriminated against during his short spell in charge of the Sea Robbers as his authority was undermined.

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"The pity is that black people set black coaches up for failure," Mokwena said.

But Chokoe, who nowadays works as CEO at GladAfrica Championship side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila, believes what his colleague is saying is not true.

"What is Rhulani complaining about now?" Chokoe asks KickOff.com.

"I wanted to offer him a bit of advice. Firstly, coaching like any other job has got its own challenges and politics. You know there are a lot of good coaches who have had bad, bad experiences.

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"A typical example is what happened with Chippa and the Zimbabwean coach Norman Mapeza. There are things that were not revealed by Norman for why he actually left the team. But he eventually left because he could not take whatever was happening.

"So for him to say at Pirates there were people who were not believing in him, always talking to players [behind his back]... I think he's becoming a crying baby, and fortunately for him he's still got his job at Chippa.

"If I were him I would focus on my job, get the best out of the players and make sure that the team performs better instead of being a crying baby and to say people don't believe in black coaches, they set them up for failure and all that.

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"I mean if that was the case, why is Pitso still coaching Sundowns you know? Why is Steve Komphela still coaching? Coaching is a results-orientated job, and if results don't come... he was not fired by Pirates for anything except that results were not coming, and unfortunately it's the nature of the job.

"So to say people were setting him up for failure, I don't think so because he is the one training players... and the players did their best. If you watch the games that he was in charge of, you could see the players doing their level-best.

"But eventually if results don't come then people will actually make a change and this is what happened in Rhulani's case. He shouldn't make it more political, or that people did not believe in him as such. I think people only believe in you if results are going your way.

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"Maybe he didn't have luck that time. Ja, so that's my advice to him and to the other upcoming black coaches. The upcoming black coaches should not be afraid to grab the bull by its horns by taking the coaching jobs.

"I was a coach, I had my own experiences. I'm wishing him all the best of luck at Chippa, and I believe that he is going to make something out of that Chippa team.

"But he shouldn't be crying about all these other things when they happen to him. Ja, I felt this would help not only him but also the upcoming black coaches."

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