Cape Town - Former Orlando Pirates skipper Benson Mhlongo believes that
interim Buccaneers coach Rulani Mokwena gets an unfair amount of criticism due to
being a black South African.
Mokwena has taken over the reigns with the Sea Robbers after
the previous incumbent Milutin Sredojevic left to take over at Egyptian giants
However, Bucs have struggled for form in the Premiership
leading to some fans questioning as to whether the young coach is up to the
Mhlongo told LimSportsZone: "There's just too much
jealousy, I don't think as blacks we want to see another black person survive.
If they can give it to a White or an Indian, we'll never say anything.
"I think as a nation we are jealous towards one
another. Let's give him a chance and after some time we can say whether he's
made it or not.
"We can't judge him in two games [sic] - no, we can't.
We were saying he's great, now he's got a chance and we [want to criticise].
"There’s always a start. I've worked with Rulani, and I
believe he's a good coach. Everyone has a journey, and he has to learn a lot.
There's nothing that is perfect.
"As South Africans, we have to decide, do we groom our
own or do we always depend on people from outside.
"When you work with an overseas or foreign coach, some
of our players don't understand their language, while even some foreign coaches
don't understand the English language.
"So, it makes life very difficult. I think it's time to
have a spell - let's give ourselves five or 10 years to groom our coach and
then see where we'll end up. I think the boy [Mokwena] deserves to be given a
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