Ngubane: Pirates living on a short-term plan

Makhehlene Makhaula
Makhehlene Makhaula

Former AmaZulu FC star Mlungisi Ngubane is not impressed with reports linking the club's 33-year-old captain Makhehlene Makhaula with Orlando Pirates.

Ngubane says a club like Pirates should be building for future not for short term.

This season already the Sea Robbers have already added in their squad Miguel Timm, Thabang Monare [re-signed], Kermit Erasmus and Ndumiso Mabena, All of them have reached the age of 30.

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"It means Pirates are living on a short-term plan," Ngubane tells KickOff.

"Makhaula is already over 30, that's what we call a short-term plan.

"It's a bad thing for a club like Pirates. It's already guaranteed they will not win the league this year, So why do you go out and sign on a pre-contract someone who will be turning 34 next season.

"They have signed Mabena, how old is he? Maybe they believe such players will bring them results we don't know.

"They will tell you an older player have experience, forgetting you can be old but not be able to think.

"An experienced player is the one that is able to think when playing football. We don't judge experience by age.

"If they are playing to win something they should have made their plans last season.

"I don't understand a team that is signing a player that will be turning 34 soon. 

"It's clear they are planning for short term. It's not a long term plan."

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