How come Orlando Pirates lost a game despite dominating ball possession and creating more goalscoring chances?
Three key tactical mistakes observed in the game against SuperSport United.
1. Creating avalanches of chances but failed to convert them into goals.
Orlando Pirates created avalanches of goals scoring opportunities in the first half but poor finishing let the team down. Kermit Erasmus was a culprit of missing clear cut opportunities and his best moment was hitting a cross bar in the first half but had a dull second half.
2. Poor communication and organisational skills by defensive pair of Lucky Lekgwathi and Ayanda Ngcaba especial on aerial balls. Orlando Pirates defenders were caught off guard by counter attacks of SuperSport United especial Happy Jele and Thabo Matlaba who failed to track back on time. They spent a lot of time making offensive moves without adequate cover at the back whilst the Captain Lucky Lekgwathi and Ayanda Ngcaba combinatiom is too disastrous due to lack of communication skills. The biggest weakness of Lekgwathi and Ngcaba is dealing with aerial balls.
3. Poor goalkeeping techniques by Senzo Meyiwa who is out of form. Senzo Meyiwa form has dropped in the previous games but to everyone surprise; Roger de Sa is still using him ahead of the African finest keeper Fatau Dauda. It is disheartening to witness the R5 million record fee keeper watching from the stand due to Roger favoritism not based on merits but reputation. Senzo Meyiwa deserves to watch from the stand now.
Orlando Pirates has adequate depth of quality players but lack a coach with championship winning reputation. Roger should have changed his fixed tactics but it was SuperSport United Cavin Johnson who made tactical changes that made difference. Mame Niang and Dino Ndlovu change the complexion of the by scoring the two most important goals. Bravo to Cavin Johnson who read the game well whilst Roger was awaiting miracles to happen from his fixed and predictable tactics.
Dr Irvin Khoza must decide what is best for the team by hiring a coach with championship winning reputation as Roger has already lost 3 home games after only 9 games of the season which is strange home performance by Pirates. Roger lacks a proper vision to turn the corner after lost three consecutively Cups this season.
Remember Julio Leal said “He could not see his way forward” and offered the chairman “to do what is right for the club and Dr Khoza fired him and now Roger de Sa can't see the way forward and must be fired.
By Owen Mundalamo
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