Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has
defended assistant Rhulani Mokwena for suggesting that Kaizer Chiefs mentor
Giovanni Solinas is inferior to Steve Komphela.
Mokwena made the statement in the lead-up to last weekend's
Soweto derby and said that Chiefs were better organised under Komphela than
they are with Solinas in charge.
The comments caused great reaction from supporters and fans
alike as the now Bloemfontein Celtic manager failed to win a trophy in his
three-year spell with Amakhosi.
Some in the football fraternity suggested it was mind-games
whereas others took the view that Mokwena was disrespecting the Italian and
Nonetheless, 'Micho' has suggested the words said were a
part of a strategy employed by the Sea Robbers management.
He told reporters: "I need to give credit to the
technical team, especially coach Rhulani, who had an outing that had
misdirected and counted as disrespect to the opponent team, which was not.
"It is a part of the game, it could motivate the
opponent to come at us. After missing the penalty (by Justin Shonga), it was
not easy, but God had plans for us. We worked very hard.
"I want to give absolute credit to coach Rhulani and
the technical team for working hard and touching every single detail that
played an important role for us to win (2-1).
"I will not go deeper and further but I can assure you
that the mission was accomplished, we won the game and that's all that