Ambition and drive is something that is lacking from whoever is signing players at Orlando Pirates – having dismally failed last season to defend any of our treble trophies in a season ravaged by injuries, infighting and controversies.
One would have been right to assume major changes in the clubs technical team or major improvement in the playing personnel. It seems though that the club has learned nothing from last season’s failures but is setting us up for more disappointments and failures.
What is clearly visible is the desire to want to save as much money as possible. We saw this last season when the club passed on a option to secure Tokelo Rantie for a fee rumored to be R2m but the club went for the cheaper option of Collins Mbesuma sending 3 of our players to Arrows on loan (Clifford Ngobeni then Tshepo Lephoko and Maselaelo Seanego after Bongani Ndulula had refused to go as part of the initial deal).
From all the names Pirates were linked with: Kermit Erasmus, Rainford Kalaba, Mohammed Awal, Thabo Nthethe, Nazier Allie, Nyasha Mushekwi, Khama Billiat etc... the club has so far signed average players on the cheap again (Joseph Malongoane and Lennox Bacela) in the process releasing two players who fared better than average last season.
Yet keeping average quantity players like Bheki Nzunga, Mpho Makola, Ndumiso Mabena, Thulasizwe Mbuyane and Rudolf Bester. Say what you may about Onyekachi Okonkwo and Takesure Chinyama I don't understand how they can be released when they are far better than Collins Mbesuma, Mpho Makola, Lehlohonolo Masalesa and any other shadow/ghost striker we have.
With this kind of transfer business I don't expect Orlando Pirates coach coach Roger de Sa to work any miracles. If Pirates don't sign what they call marquee signing before the window closes we shall sing the same songs. Roger must go... so and so is not Pirates material etc... I have already braced myself for a tough season ahead I suggest you do likewise!
Till the official press conference to unveil Malongoane and Bacela – Up The Bucs!
By Aaron Khosa
By Aaron Khosa