In an exclusive interview with Soccer Laduma, Gladwin Shitolo admitted that he feels that Orlando Pirates should have given Rulani Mokwena some time.
Orlanod Pirates sent Gladwin Shitolo out on loan at Golden Arrows for the 2019/20 season, after he was not getting in the needed game-time at the Bucs.
Shortly after Shitolo’s departure from Pirates, Milutin Sredojevic stepped down from the helm of the team, with Mokwena taking over in the interim.
However, Mokwena’s interim head coach stint came to an end after the Bucs brought on board Josef Zinnbauer in December last year.
The German tactician was able to quickly turn things around at Pirates, seeing the Bucs move from the bottom half of the log to challenging for the league title.
However, speaking in an exclusive interview, Shitolo revealed that Pirates should have given Mokwena more time at the helm. The former Bucs’ assistant is now the head coach at Chippa United.
“I think he deserved some time. Pirates should have kept coach Rulani. The same thing happened to Manchester City as well when they signed Pep Guardiola, but they kept him and gave him time. In the end, he won them trophies,” Shitolo said.
“Coach Pitso Mosimane as well at Mamelodi Sundowns. At one stage the supporters were calling for his head, but the management of the club believed in him and kept him. Look at how that turned out. He won them the CAF Champions League among many trophies that he has won for them. Pirates were playing very good attractive football, created many chances but could not score,” he added.
In this exclusive interview, Shitolo also discussed:
- His recent Bafana Bafana call-up
- His impression of Orlando Pirates under Josef Zinnbauer
- Whether or not continuing at Golden Arrows is a possibility
To read more on this, check out this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma, issue number 1165