Bucs leg­end urges Iron Duke to crack the whip

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whose goal earned Pi­rates the hon­our of be­ing the first team from south­ern Africa to be crowned African cham­pi­ons.

“I re­mem­ber dur­ing our time the chair­man used to come into the dress­ing room and his voice was so pow­er­ful that you did not want to hear it for a sec­ond time and be­cause of that you went out there and did the job.” Speak­ing at the launch of the club’s new jersey for the up­com­ing 2017/18 sea­son, Sikhosana was at pains to ex­plain the hu­mil­i­a­tion Pi­rates’ pa­thetic pre­vi­ous sea­son has in­flicted on him and his peers.

“I am not en­joy­ing my leg­endary sta­tus now be­cause of the club’s bad form. Wher­ever I go, peo­ple come to us and ask what is go­ing on at the club even though we are not in­volved.”

From his van­tage point as an an­a­lyst though, Sikhosana,

be­lieves there’s an at­ti­tude prob­lem, hence his call to Khoza to crack the whip.

“I look at the play­ers’ at­ti­tude on the field and it wor­ries me. They look too re­laxed, very laid back. It seems like they feel as though they are al­ready win­ners by just wear­ing this jersey. They look con­tent and per­haps they need the chair­man to re­mind them of what it means to wear this jersey.

“With us, he even used to come to the ho­tel at six in the morn­ing and would say to us ‘if you don’t do well, then you will lose your con­tract’. Maybe that’s what he needs to do again.”

That the club has signed new play­ers such as Tham­sanqa Sang­weni and Wayne Sandi­lands is nei­ther here nor there ac­cord­ing to the for­mer pro­lific striker who was nick­named Legs of Thun­der.

“It doesn’t mat­ter who the sign­ings are for Pi­rates. The key is that they come in and make a dif­fer­ence. It is not about in­di­vid­u­als but about the team. I joined Pi­rates from Aces and we also had a few play­ers join­ing from Jomo Cos­mos who were rel­e­gated. But putting on the Pi­rates jersey got us to play much bet­ter than we did and we won the league in 1994 and went on to win the Cham­pi­ons League af­ter that.”

Sikhosana lamented the fact that Te­boho Moloi is no longer on the Pi­rates bench.

“Do you re­alise that when­ever Te­boho was part of the tech­ni­cal team Pi­rates did well. And that’s be­cause he is Pi­rates through and through and he was able to share with the play­ers. For me, Jazzy Queen (Le­godi, the as­sis­tant coach) does not know the cul­ture of Pi­rates.”

But Ben­son Mh­longo, the sec­ond as­sis­tant, is a for­mer Pi­rates player?

“Ben­son does not have the char­ac­ter to have a go at the play­ers and make them re­alise they have to play for the jersey,” he ar­gues, adding that it is a trav­esty that leg­ends such as him­self, Ed­ward Mo­tale and Helman Mkhalele con­tinue to have the big­ger share of the lime­light ahead of the cur­rent crop of play­ers.

“It pains me that I am still the one who’s be­ing asked all the ques­tions at a con­fer­ence such as this when the cur­rent play­ers are around. I am the past and they are the present but I still take cen­tre stage.”

Cur­rently busy with his coach­ing li­cences, Sikhosana says he would read­ily take on the chal­lenge of help­ing lead his beloved club back to glory. Un­til then he be­lieves the ball is in the chair­man’s court to turn the club’s for­tunes around.

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