Maphangule reveals coaching differences at Pirates

Meshack Maphangule of Orlando Pirates during the CAF Champions League match between Orlando Pirates and Light Stars at Orlando Stadium. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Meshack Maphangule, who is on loan at Chippa United from Orlando Pirates, has revealed coaching differences at Pirates between Micho Sredojevic and his assistants Rulani Mokwena and Fadlu Davids.

The midfielder says it was confusing at times to take different instructions from the trio.

“To be honest, there were times when during games when one coach would say ‘attack’ and maybe the other is saying ‘stay behind’,” Maphangule told The Sowetan.

“It became worse when it became three coaches [when Davids arrived]. Coaches are different and everyone will have their opinion of certain things.”

Maphangule, however, added that the tactical differences never spilled over to cause disharmony among the coaches.

“What was nice about the way the coaches worked was that they held a meeting every day and each one would present why they felt a certain way,” he said.

“So they would each justify why they wanted a particular tactical approach. Somehow they made it work because for two seasons the team finished second in the league and almost won a cup [Telkom Knockout].”

Sredojevic has since left Pirates to join Zamalek in Egypt and Mokwena is currently in charge of Pirates, assisted by Davids.

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