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Who to blame for imminent Orlando Pirates Championship Failure?

Written By Themba Khumalo on Friday, April 5, 2013 | Friday, April 05, 2013

Roger de Sa can't shoulder the responsibility of poor performance alone. Let’s be realistic, some certain players are not pulling their weight. Orlando Pirates has developed an odd tactical tendency of defending each and every solitary goal they have scored instead of killing the game.

Pirates applied the same odd defensive techniques against Moroka Swallows after 2-0 lead but they ended up giving gave the lead to lose the game. The same new defensive techniques were to be blamed for conceding a senseless goal in the dying minutes of the game against Bloemfontein Celtic which resulted in an undesirable draw.

The same ultra-defensive approach was used against AmaZulu FC after scoring a single goal which resulted in AmaZulu getting an equaliser to collect an important point after Orlando Pirates succumb to its own bizarre defensive approach.

To be honest, some players should shoulder the blame for AmaZulu draw. The fans favourite Andile Jali was tactical ill-discipline by giving away the balls cheaply. However, Andile Jali should be complimented for doubling up his work-rate to make up for Onyekachi Okonkwo laziness in the engine room. Onyekachi Okonkwo was just a passenger in the engine room with questionable commitment to the team. The draw against AmaZulu meant that Orlando Pirates have now gone five League games without a win, leaving them seven points behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs.

Players must shoulder the blame for recent poor display. Lucky Lekgwathi is also failing his leadership role with distinction. In many games, Lucky has failed to organize his defence alongside erratic Ayanda Ngcaba. They were caught napping in many instances that resulted in Orlando Pirates conceding meaningless goals. Collins Mbesuma is a lethal striker but he is too rigid upfront without any sufficient movement to penetrate the opposition defence. Mbesuma lacks speed to trouble any fast defence.

The creativity brain of Oupa Manyisa is non-existent at the moment but I blame fatigue, complacency and inconsistency after playing many games with flying colours. Oupa “Ace’’ Manyisa deserves a break to recharge his batteries towards revitalising his best form. Daine Klaite effective crosses are things of the past, Tlou Segolela offensive moves are too predictable whilst Takesure Chinyama fitness is questionable and up for scrutiny.

Supporters have thrown the towel regarding defending the championship but a team of Orlando Pirates calibre can’t be weak overnight. Management of the team should also shoulder the burden for failing to acquire the service of quality players as they sign many out of contract players not adding any value in the team. 

Dr Irvin Khoza and his advisor Screamer Tshabalala must be blamed for fail to acquire the signature of the effective and mobile Tokelo Rantie permanently but proceed to purchased immobile and aging Mbesuma and Chinyama than investing in the talent for the future. It was regrettable management decision taken by Dr Irvin Khoza. He must be regretting his miscalculated decision as Mbesuma + Chinyama = Rantie.

It's not raining but pouring at Orlando Pirates family. Firing Roba Jesa (Roger de Sa) at this critical phase of the league and CAF Champions League won’t be a wise option but rather a backward option.

Please consider this article not the initial one. Ndaa!

The coach should be blamed for loosing the dressing battle to Benni McCarthy and Moneeb Josephs and also implementing ultra-defensive techniques, the management of the team should be blamed for failing to sign quality players, fans should be blamed for hooligans tendency of pelting Roger de Sa with missiles in Durban which is going to open up for violence conduct in the forthcoming games, players should be blamed for lack of commitment towards the team success, Pirates should be blame for failing to defend the Treble success and I must also be blame for calling “spade a spade” than coming up with solutions instead of always addressing problems.

Lastly, the league is marathon and far from over. The championship race is wide open as complacency, inconsistency and fatigue might affect certain teams fighting championship battle. Just like in Marathon, it doesn’t matter how you started but how you cross the finishing line ahead of everyone matters most. However Lose, Draw, Draw, Draw and Draw can’t inspire any confidence towards defending the Premier Soccer League Championship.

By Owen Mundalamo

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