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Sebola: Shakes Failed The Mandate Given To Him

Andries "Local is Lekker" Sebola is in the house, and has answered some of your questions! Today, he gives his thoughts on Orlando Pirates' poor performances, the situation at Bafana Bafana, and what kept him motivated during his heyday.

What kept you motivated? Because you always seemed to be on form... – I am molf

Andries Sebola: Well, I was blessed with a God-given talent and I always wanted to perform at my highest level. My aim was to impress the supporters because they were came from far away and spent their hard-earned money to watch us play, and we had to ensure that they were entertained.

What do you think of Pirates' poor performance this past season? – Baw'u Rhadi

AS: If you look at the situation, Pirates did not rest. From the past season they were involved in Africa, taking part in the Champions League as well as the Confederation Cup. It takes a lot out of the players. Now they have an opportunity to rest and hopefully next season they will be back in order.

Do you think Shakes Mashaba has done enough to continue as Bafana Bafana coach? – LAPO_MOLEBATSI

AS: With Shakes, it's a 50/50 situation. His mandate was to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, which he has failed to do. Secondly, he needs to take the team to the 2018 World Cup and we need to see if he will be able to accomplish that. The best thing is to involve a technical director who has a modern mentality, and to get the team to play on the same level as their opponents.

Why do you think there is no other South African club that has been able to win the CAF Champions league since Orlando Pirates did in 1996? – LAPO_MOLEBATSI

AS: I think the other teams aren't taking the tournament seriously. Taking part in Africa is a huge confidence booster, and this is where players are able grow mentally. I feel these other teams need to change their mindsets and focus in order to make the country proud once again.

Who was your best coach at Pirates? – Daniel Madenza Kutumela

AS: I would have to say the combination of Viktor Bondarenko and Ronald Mkandawire. They knew my strengths, they always encouraged me and ensured that I got game time. Another guy that I must give credit to is Augusto Palacios. He used to prepare me physically and mentally during the pre-season, with extra activities to get me fit.

Tune in to Supporrters Club as Andries answers the rest of your questions!


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