Why Pirates legend won’t be hurt by MTN8 final loss

Orlando Pirates legend Teboho Moloi has explained why he won’t be hurt, should the team fail to lift the MTN8 trophy.

Pirates will face AmaZulu in the MTN8 final on the 5th of November at Moses Mabhida Stadium, and Moloi who also served as Pirates coach in the past, insists that should the club lose in the final, it won’t be regarded as a failure, as the new coach José Riviero is still in the building phase.

“Let’s not put the coach under pressure, because the team is now doing well, and managed to beat Sundowns,” Moloi told This Is Footbal.Africa.

“The coach is only in his first year, let’s leave him to rebuild and do what he thinks is right. Let’s leave him for a second year for him to find combinations and plant his ideology.

“Then in the third year, that’s when I’ll start looking for results, even if on the 5th of November Pirates don’t win the MTN8. For me it doesn’t matter because the coach would have shown a glimpse of what he’s about and what he can do.

“I’m just waiting for the third year because for example we gave Ruud Krol first season, second season and then the third season he delivered.

“So let’s do the same thing with the current coach so that he can implant his foot print. Let’s support him, but the third season, that’s when I want to see a convincing Pirates,” he added.

The Buccaneers have had a turbulent start to the 2022/23 season, which saw them struggle for consistency. Pirates have won five games, drawn four, while losing on four occasions, after 13 games played in the DStv Premiership.

The Sea Robbers will be looking to bounce back to winning form and to lifting the MTN8 trophy when they face Usuthu on Saturday at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Kickoff is at 18:00.

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