Lamontville Golden Arrows coach, Steve Komphela, has pleaded with Chippa United boss Siviwe Mpengesi to protect Rulani Mokwena.
Mokwena, who was excused from the Orlando Pirates hot seat late last year, was appointed as new ‘Chilli Boys’ mentor until the end of the season. He fills the void left by Norman Mapeza who resigned on Tuesday.
“Sometimes we as colleagues are not complimentary in a ruthless environment, we work in, “said Komphela during Arrows’ media open day on Wednesday.
“He [Mokwena] has done a good job there [Pirates] and maybe naye uMhlekazi (Mpengesi) for giving him the support. Maybe the request one can throw from far is that uBab’ uMpengesi must protect and preserve that national asset.”
“As I’m saying this, I’m getting goose bumps. Rulani is a hell of a quality human being, very intelligent. But South Africa is not famous. South Africa is notorious but for what? For self-destruction, “added Komphela.
“So, they just need to protect Rulani. Whether you hate him, or you like him but as a human and South African asset (you must support him) because there are many other kids who are looking up to Rulani to become coaches.”
They will be afraid to get into this territory because it is so ruthless and full of sharks. All we ask for let’s make the soil fertile. Let’s leave the print that intelligent South African coaches can come in, “said the ex-Chiefs coach.
Mokwena’s first assignment as Chippa’s coach will be against Bidvest Wits on Saturday night at the Bidvest Stadium.
Komphela offered an advice to the coach he gave a breakthrough at Platinum Stars as a novice.
“Maybe the advice I could say to Rulani…forget what happened yesterday. Approach Chippa United with a fresh idea.
“Be calm, be composed and be dictated to by the circumstances at Chippa but not what is playing on your mind based on past experiences,” concluded Komphela.
By Innocent Ngwenya