If the reaction by Orlando Pirates fans on social media following their narrow 1-0 win over Stellenbosch FC last night is anything to go by, then it is safe to say interim coach Rulani Mokwena is still not quite everyone’s cup of tea.
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The Buccaneers, though they created a number of chances to have wrapped up their Telkom Knockout opening round tie at home against the rookies, scrapped through to the quarterfinals after Thembinkosi Lorch scored late in the second half.
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It meant Mokwena had finally registered another win, one that comes over a month since his last one in his most recent role. In total, under his guidance, Pirates have now managed two wins in eight matches.
They face Stellenbosch again next weekend in the Absa Premiership, the first of five crucial fixtures that will culminate with the Soweto Derby against bitter rivals, Kaizer Chiefs on November 9 at FNB Stadium.
During this time – against Highlands Park, the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout, Maritzburg United and then Chiefs – Mokwena has a real chance to endear himself to the fans, who remain divided on his tenure.
“We have asked them to make Orlando a fortress and make it hostile. And they made it hostile,” Mokwena said about the fans after last night’s clash.
“The Buccaneers were on song and pushed the players and helped them get into the next gear. The team responded and showed desires. They injected so much energy to the team. These players worked hard and could have won by five or six goals.”
With the squad Pirates have, these are winnable matches and the club would have targeted the TKO cup as a priority to end a five-year drought which the coach himself has spoken about and highlighted the significance of ending it sooner rather than later.