Orlando Pirates spokesman urges angry fans to give coach a chance

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Orlando Pirates spokesman Mickey Modisane yesterday made a passionate plea to the club's supporters to bear with the technical staff.

Modisane said this after Pirates' 1-0 defeat by Bidvest Wits University in a Castle Premiership game at Milpark at the weekend.

"We're aware that our supporters are disappointed by the club's performance in our opening games against Moroka Swallows and Wits, but they must please bear with us," said Modisane.

"Obviously the coach will sit down with the technical team and look at the whole situation. Then he will give the team manager a report which he will forward to the chairman," said Modisane.

He said certain players lacked composure and commitment to the team. There was no sense of urgency from others but they were determined to remedy the situation before it was too late.

Modisane said supporters should not panic because they had fielded a depleted side with seven players on the injury list. They hope to do much better in their next game in Durban on Thursday.

He said coach Bibey Mutombo's days were not numbered and that they believed that the Bucs would make a strong comeback soon.

Angry Pirates supporters bayed for Mutombo's blood after the game and he was whisked away by police.

The supporters demanded that Mutombo should resign because he did not bring any changes to the team.

They said he depended on youngsters who were inexperienced instead of playing experienced players.

Wits administrative officer George Mogotsi said his players were committed and that was why they collected the full points at the weekend.

"We told them before the game that the three points were important. They all promised to do their best," said Mogotsi.

The Bucs played well but they lacked cohesion and purpose upfront, even the goal that was scored by Marawaan Bantam in the 60th minute should have been saved instead of converted by goalkeeper Francis Chansa.