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The Sea Robbers are expected to make an announcement regarding the vacant coaching position in the next couple of weeks, according to Mbele

Pirates head coach Rhulani Mokwena. Picture: Howard Cleland BackpagePix

ORLANDO Pirates are not worried but they are concerned about their poor run of results across all the competitions, administrative manager Floyd Mbele revealed yesterday.

The Buccaneers are on a five-game winless streak and tonight at 7.30pm they will battle it out with Lamontville Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium in an Absa Premiership tussle.

“It is not a worry (referring to their poor run) but maybe it is a concern. We are big enough to go through this period. We are strong enough, mentally, to face our situation,” a confident sounding Mbele said.

The past two weeks have been a nightmare for the Sea Robbers on and off the field. Milutin Sredojevic vacated his position as the head coach the night before their all-important MTN8 quarter-final clash against Highlands Park.

A few days later he was unveiled as the new coach of Egyptian powerhouse, Zamalek.

“Micho is no longer an employee of Orlando Pirates and let’s us not speak about him,” Mbele insisted, fending off questions about the mysterious departure of the Serbian coach. Rhulani Mokwena was appointed as an interim coach and is currently steering the ship for Pirates. The 35-year-old boss is yet to register a victory.

Under his tutelage, the Buccaneers have crashed out of the CAF Champions League and the MTN8. They also dropped two points in a 0-0 draw against AmaZulu.

The Sea Robbers are expected to make an announcement regarding the vacant coaching position in the next couple of weeks, according to Mbele.

“We’ll make the announcement in due course,” he confirmed.

With few days before the transfer window shuts down, it remains to be seen whether Pirates will make more new signings. Mbele didn’t want to give anything away when asked about their plans to plug the gaps.

“I don’t know,” Mbele explained when he was asked if they are done or not in the market.

Meanwhile, it was no secret that Bucs were working towards securing the services of Bafana Bafana and Bidvest Wits skipper, Thulani Hlatshwayo. However, he will remain a Clever Boy for the foreseeable future after he committed his services to Wits for another three years.