'There is confusion going on at Pirates'


Retired midfield general Thabo Mngomeni believes Josef Zinnbauer has brought confusion at his former club Orlando Pirates and must make way for a local coach in the new season.

Voices of disgruntlement have yet again risen about Zinnbauer following Pirates' embarrassing CAF Confederation Cup exit after a 4-0 defeat at Raja Casablanca.

With the title having long slipped out of their hands, Pirates are now playing for second place at best, which secures a Champions League spot, but for that to happen they must win all four of their remaining games while hoping AmaZulu drop points.

"Firstly, I have always had a problem with coaches coming from overseas," Mngomeni tells KickOff.com.

"Since the guy arrived I always said I would prefer a local guy so even if he is to go now, it is fine. It is now clear that there is nothing that he will change. We have the players, but I doubt they are being used to their true potential.

"There is confusion going on there. It is either players don’t understand the coach, or it is just plain bad luck. That job needs to be given to a local guy who understands our game to the core especially at a club like Pirates where there must be a connection with the club for the man coaching the club.

"I don't want to blame the players a lot because I believe we have the talent which is unfortunately not being used to its true potential. I have a feeling that there is some kind of confusion [at Pirates] with the way that we are used to playing and what the guys from overseas are bringing," he says, pointing that his local coach choice would be Dan Malesela.

"It is a good thing you are asking me for a solution to the problem. Why don’t they give Dan the job? He needs to be given the same time given to the coaches from abroad. Then also give him the same respect and trust given to those from abroad. Don’t tell me about what happened with Dan at Chippa.

"Where did those coming from overseas excel before they came here? I know we look down on our own but let us give Dan a fresh chance. I know the colour of the skin works in football and people won’t come to speak about it because they still need jobs in this industry.

"If Pitso [Mosimane] was white he would have earned all the respect and be celebrated here in South Africa but look at the abuse that he still gets now from our own. Maybe we now need a Chinese coach seeing how much we keep going everywhere for coaches," voices out Mngomeni.    

The dreadlocked midfielder was at Pirates for three and a half years between January 1999 and June 2002 scoring 22 goals in 115 appearances.

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