Benson Mhlongo confident of being the ideal club owner

Benson Mhlongo confident of being the ideal club owner

Former Bafana Bafana international Benson Mhlongo believes he is ready to become a club boss, arguing he would be suited to the role.

Mhlongo has also played for both Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, transitioning to being an assistant coach at the Soweto outfit as well as standing on his own at TS Sporting – respectively – between 2016 and 2018.

Speaking to SABC Sport, the ex-midfielder detailed how he would run operations as a team owner in the coming years.

"Yes, I think it will be better for me to have my own team to do things the way I think they're supposed to be done because when I have a team if I sign 30 players, everyone must play," Mhlongo said.

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The 43-year-old has seen careers end prematurely and insists no one will be left out in the cold when he is in charge.

"Why do I sign a player and tomorrow I don't use him? So, when I'm in power my senior director will know what I want, my wishes and he's gonna hire a coach that's gonna do our wishes. So, if you are not going to use everyone, you are never going to get the job. If one is injured, the other one plays. I don't want a situation where one player is injured, you tell us to go to the market but you've got 30 players in the team," he added.

Mhlongo added that he would establish a review committee to also assess the squad at the end of each season.

"I'm gonna have a committee that will oversee performance and performance is the duties that you give to a player, that's performance. It's not what supporters think. It's what you assign him to do, that's how I want to run things, fair and square. It will work, it won't work, time will tell."

 Last week, Mhlongo was unveiled as one of 12 retired athletes selected to be part of the Betway program to help them potentially launch into the business world.