Mitchell is a demon - Mokuena

2012-11-08 19:23

Cape Town - Former South African Sevens captain Jonathan Mokuena says the Lions will make the "biggest mistake" in the history of South African rugby" if they allow John Mitchell back as coach.

Suspended coach Mitchell is set to return as coach of the embattled union after he was found not guilty of all complaints of misconduct levelled against him.

The Lions on Thursday confirmed to the Associated Press that Mitchell will meet with management on Friday "to discuss the way forward".

Loose forward Mokuena, who had a brief spell under Mitchell at the Lions from 2010-2011, feels caretaker coach Johann Ackermann is a better option.

According to the Rugby 365 website he called the Kiwi a "demon" who treats players like "animals".

"We (the players) are humans, not animals. We are adults. You don't curse and swear adults who are married and already have children - that is not how you treat people.

"Johan Ackermann is a great person and he knows how to work with adults."

Although Mokuena left the Lions before their successful Currie Cup campaign in 2011, he confirmed that he had experienced the same unpleasantness that resulted in misconduct charges being laid against Mitchell by the players.

"I wasn't part of the current complaints against him. By then I had already returned to Griquas.

"The environment for me just wasn't right.

"Obviously he didn't rate me as a player, but I experienced this all during my time at the Lions."

Mokuena also lashed out at Mitchell on Twitter.

"That will be the biggest mistake in the history of SA rugby if you allow that demon back into the lions....," one of Mokuena's tweets read.

Mokuena, 31, played in almost 30 tournaments on the IRB Sevens World Series and captained the Blitzbokke for a season.


  • nikelom - 2012-11-08 19:31

    Strong stuff bru... Easy there.

      Flemstone - 2012-11-08 19:56

      So having a coach that produces results is the biggest mistake in history?

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-11-08 20:07

      Ackermann nearly took the Lions to the finals and that with players fleeing for other shores. Give him another year.

      gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-08 20:19

      We don't know what's happening behind the scenes. The Brumbies (players) also got rif of Mitchell when he coached there. Seems like a pattern?

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-09 07:32

      Brumbies are egomaniacal softies.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-09 16:30

      Why must we have an overseas coach? We have plenty of capable coaches here in SA!

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-11-10 03:35

      Flemstone - what results are you referring to? Bottom of the log in super rugby is not a result, nor winning the Currie-cup while the other teams play with their B-sides in the absence of their Springboks.

      Flemstone - 2012-11-11 11:47

      Pierre he was suspended on the 23rd of June during the super rugby competition and before the currie cup. They won the 2011 currie cup and finished 5th in 2010. Anything else you need help remembering?

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-11-08 19:51

    In all honesty if I was the coach of a team that lost 8 games on the trot,I would also be swearing and shouting,what's the moral of the story?play properly,win and everything will be fine.

  • Flemstone - 2012-11-08 19:54

    I swear at adults not children. Perhaps he should stop expecting to be treated as a child?

  • piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-08 20:04

    I think Mokuena is handling this matter in a wrong manner, why only comment now when he knew about the allegations for so long? I wonder what he is going to achieve with this. Yes the matter needs to be addressed just not through media.

  • Jason - 2012-11-08 20:41

    Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't John Mitchell single-handedly bring the Lions from absolutely nowhere to Currie Cup winners? Or would you rather have a soft-spoken coach who allows you to lose without feeling too bad?

  • Gareth Jason Eddles - 2012-11-08 22:19

    this is why i am thankful to be a sharks supporter. its a known fact in any sport, the coach is the first one to get fired if results are bad, so if i was the coach of the lions i would probably be swearing them to for playing so pathetically. lions players must grow up and be men.

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-11-08 22:29

    he was found not guilty: maar in hierdie land beteken dit $@%$ niks! Die wat wel skuldug is word vrygelaat weens mediese redes en dan speel hulle lekker golf ens.... MayDay mayday we are SINKING.... what are to thinking about!!!!!!

      The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-08 22:46


  • Warren Meyers - 2012-11-09 04:07

    dus nou regtig mense soos j Marnus wat die Land van ons help deurmekaar maak

  • peter.hampshire.35 - 2012-11-09 07:03

    Another clown that can't handle discipline.

  • jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-11-09 07:12

    Did this oke ever play 15 man rugby?I know he tried to roll around in griquas but any good team ever??if I get a penny for everytime my bos is a so called demon ill be a millionare:)

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-11-09 07:32

    He's a hard, tough taskmaster for a hard, tough sport. It's not for sissies. Harden up Jonathan. Crybaby.

  • patrick.mbense - 2012-11-09 07:53

    I played with Mokeuna and he thought he was very arrogant. Clashed with a lot of people and one of those people who dont like to be told what to do. Take what he says with a pinch of salt!

  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-11-09 07:59

    Maybe you should play beter, then your union might not be in the s@#$thouse. Also. This isn`t soccer. No-one is gonna pay your big bucks salary if you are last in the league...unike Bafana who is now what....85th in the world !?!?!?

      morne.linden - 2012-11-09 08:10

      What the hell does soccer have to do with this. And why are you so concerned bout Bafana's ranking.

      smt.thabede - 2012-11-09 18:43

      Dude, Bafana has nothing to do with this. You are a disappointment dude

      smt.thabede - 2012-11-09 18:43

      Dude, Bafana has nothing to do with this. You are a disappointment dude

  • quarty.vanzyl - 2012-11-09 08:06

    there is a devil around, but it is not John, its the one who invented this idea

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-11-09 08:28

    demon, oh FFS, stop smoking that stuff....

  • johannes.eksteen - 2012-11-09 09:41

    jonathan,maybe thats the reason you ended up where you are today!!!!!you will never know how much the supporters swear at useless players earning too much money-wanna get rid of them as well?

  • johannes.eksteen - 2012-11-09 09:48

    Jonathan your attitude made you end up where you are today-nowhere in you realise how much the supporters have been swearing at useless players thats getting paid lots of money-wanna get rid of them as well?maybe you must get your pastor to coach you!!!!

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-11-09 15:24

    You ladies should man up a bit; develop a spine and stop whingeing.

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-09 20:49

    never liked his a "world owe me a lot" houding...

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-11-10 07:24

    Johan Ackerman is di man...ek het niks teen John Mitchell nie

  • tappies.smit - 2012-11-10 10:07

    John Mitchell en Johan Ackerman het saam die Currie-beker gewen!! 'n afrigting-span is hulle puik!! jammer daar is deesdae so baie 'softies' wat nie dissipline kan hanteer nie...Waar is die ware manne wat wil rugby speel....vandag se laaities kan nie eens 'n ordentlike handdruk gee as jy hulle groet nie..hulle het pap handjies van speel met hul selfone 24-uur per dag...dalk moet hulle weer begin draadtrek om krag in hul hande te kry....

  • stephen.j.coetzee.5 - 2012-11-10 13:59

    WHY must some idiots always bring the racial card in2 discussions.....why dont you just f*** off out the country,we dont need cakeholes like you....!!

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