Mpengesi must protect Mokwena: Komphela

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Steve Komphela has issued a strong message to Chippa United Chairman Siviwe Mpengesi after he appointed former Orlando Pirates Coach Rhulani Mokwena to the same position at the Chilli Boyz.

The Lamontville Golden Arrows boss says he would like Mokwena to be treated with care and given protection at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Mokwena was unceremoniously demoted from his duties at the Buccaneers in December and replaced by German Josef Zinnbauer. And after a few weeks out of the limelight, he has now moved to the Eastern Cape.

In the audio below, Komphela also wants South Africans to get behind the new Chippa coach, who has essentially joined on loan:

Mokwena endured a torrid time towards the end of his tenure when most fans lost faith in him due to his failure to produce results.

Coincidentally, his successor Zinnbauer is doing business since his departure and had a few weeks ago lifted Pirates up to second on the table.

Komphela says everyone needs to support Mokwena.

Komphela also had a message for Mokwena. He urged the former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach to put aside the past and his experiences at Pirates, saying he needed to start with a clean slate.

Asked whether the pressure will be less on his colleague, Komphela replied with a straight no, but said Mokwena could learn from how he moved on from his time at Kaizer Chiefs by making a success at first Bloemfontein Celtic and now Arrows.

Report by Thahir Asmal