Wedson Nyirenda says Rhulani Mokwena took over Orlando Pirates during a war and needs more time


A fellow PSL coach says Rhulani Mokwena "took over the team in the middle of a war" and needs to be given a fair chance to implement his philosophy.

Baroka head coach Wedson Nyirenda believes Mokwena has what it takes to bring back the glory days to Orlando if he is afforded time to instil his own philosophy to the players.

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A section of Pirates fans were calling for the young coach's head on Saturday after a 2-2 draw with Bakgaga at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

"I think the young man is doing a good job," Nyirenda told journalists after the match.

"If you cannot see it I think... then I don't know because if you look at the way the team is playing, I think there's something that he is putting in.

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"You know one thing that we have to understand is every coach has his own philosophy, his own concept of how he wants the players to play... the style of play.

"And the young man took over the team in the middle of a war. And there was no time for him to prepare the team, pre-season or what, but you see the head coach [Milutin Sredojevic] left in the middle, he just had to carry on with the team.

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"As of now he is trying to pick up some pieces, and if people can be patient and give him the time I think something great will come out of him. Because I see the way the team is playing, you could see where the mistakes are.

"I'd rather not talk about them now because it would be jeopardising the other team. All I can say is that Rhulani is a good coach and he's on the right track."

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