‘Helman paving way for legends’


Edward Motale believes his former Orlando Pirates teammate Helman Mkhalele is paving the way for other legends to land top coaching jobs.


‘Midnight Express’ was recently confirmed as one of two assistant coaches to new Bafana Bafana mentor Hugo Broos. And with the Belgian stuck in his homeland getting a second COVID vaccination and the other assistant, Cedomir Janevski, contracting the disease, it was up to Mkhalele to take charge of Saturday’s international friendly against Uganda.


Bafana were 1-0 down at halftime, but Mkhalele’s tactical changes turned things around as South Africa won 3-2, and Motale believes this performance shows what some of the former players are capable of - if given a chance.


“It’s paving a way that people they mustn’t doubt us because us [as] legends, they are doubting us, so at least Helman, he’s gonna pave a way for us,” ‘Magents’ told KickOff.com.


“I mean, he was solely left by himself there. I think even the coach [Broos] can see he’s got the right person to work with. Helman, the players they can understand him more because he relates quickly to them language-wise and everything.”


Motale says he is surprised by Mkhalele’s career path, adding: “I never thought he could go that route, but it’s good he’s doing well; not only for himself, but also for us as legends and also upcoming local coaches.”