Mngomeni – Orlando Pirates should not have signed Mushin Ertugral

Updated: July 1, 2016

Absa Premiership: Polokwane City v MP Black AcesBafana Bafana legend Thabo Mngomeni believes that Eric Tinkler was the right man for Orlando Pirates’ hot-seat and should have been given more time.

Mngomeni believes that Tinkler deserved more time and lauded Kaizer Chiefs for giving Steve Komphela more time as their head coach.

“I am a strong believer in giving local coaches a chance like what Kaizer Chiefs have done with Steve, to trust local coaches because they know and understand the problems we have in South African football,” Mngomeni said.

“I think Tinkler deserved more time and he has proven what he is capable of. He’s one of us and he understands our culture really.

“I do not have a problem with Ertugral, he has been around for a while but I don’t think he understands our players the way we local coaches do and that he’s going to bring the same mentality that we have got concerning the problems we have on how we should play,” he added.

“He will still need to buy time to get used to the system, the environment and the players that he will find there and you don’t get that much at a giant like Pirates, whilst doing that, the fans will be on his case.

“I don’t think that it was a wise decision by Pirates to fire Eric and I would’ve to see him stay.”

Mngomeni also believes that the Buccaneers did not need to make any enforcements because they have a quality side all round.

Pirates have just announced the signing of Abbubaker Mobara from Ajax Cape Town whilst they are also expected to conclude deals with Riyaad Norodien, also from Ajax, AS Vita’s Bernard Morrison.

They are also believed to have signed Thasos Kutumela from Baroka FC and James Okwousa from Chippa United.

“The way I see it is they [Pirates] always make really good signings, but the problem is when they go there, they don’t get time and we never get to see them and that becomes a problem.

“I personally have a problem when you sign a player, he goes there and never gets game time then they are in trouble.
“But the way I’ve seen it, I don’t see a need for any enforcements, Pirates have got a lot of quality players who they do not use.

“I don’t know what their plan is, maybe from the inside, they see things differently and they felt a need to enforce certain departments. But I don’t think it was necessary,” he concluded.

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