Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena has refused to respond on the Buccaneers supporters’ reaction following the 2-2 draw against Baroka at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
Pirates were denied their 5th league win of the season after surrendering what looked like a comfortable 2-0 lead until the 81st minute.
The Soweto giants took the lead through goals by Linda Mntambo and Kabelo Dlamini before a Happy Jele own goal and a strike by Gerald Phiri Jnr secured Bakgaga their 6th draw of the season in 14 games.
The result was not well received by the Buccaneers faithful who visibly showed their frustrations at the end of the match and were baying for coach Mokwena’s blood calling for him to relinguish his position.
“No, I don’t control that so I can’t speak about it. I speak about what we can do and what we can do is to try our best all the time, the Pirates fans know that one thing about us is that we give our best and we fight for the badge,” reacted Mokwena.
Baroka coach Wedson Nyirenda, meanwhile, has also called on the Pirates supporters to be more patient with Mokwena.
“Yeah, I think the young man is doing a good job if you cannot see it then I don’t know because if you look at the way the team is playing I think there is something that he is putting in,” Nyirenda commented.
“The one thing we have to understand is that every coach has his own philosophy and his own concept of how he wants the players to play and the young man took over a team in the middle of the war.
“There was no time for him to prepare the team during the pre-season because the head coach left in the middle of the season and he just had to carry on with the team and if people can be patient and give him the time I think something great will come out of him,” added Nyirenda.
Mokwena has been in charge for 15 matches since Sredojevic’s departure and has won 4 games, drawn 6, losing 5 matches.
By Ofhani Munyai