It really is sad to see an institution like Orlando Pirates battling to win games after an interesting and exciting journey across the continent which saw them finishing as runners up in the most prestigious trophy (CAF Champions League) in Africa. Many factors will contribute to the team's success and the same factors can be detrimental to the team's success because there's no therefore in football.
Coaches will be blamed for the teams poor performance and players will be praised for the team's good run either way coaches and players needs to work together to achieve the objectives of the team. The role of management and supporters is also crucial in paving the way to achieve best results.
If the players and the coach do not have full backing of management and supporters they won’t achieve anything because everything they do is for the team which is run by management and made popular by supporters.
It must be noted that as much as we blame players, coaches and management for the misfortunes of the team we (The Ghost) also need to be blamed for our unruly behavior against our players and coaches when things don't go our way and it’s so unfortunate that there's no one with balls to blame us as supporters of the club.
We are Impatient, we need immediate results and we don't let the coaches and players do their job. We are quick to point fingers, judge and call for substitutions and even go as far as calling for the sacking of the coach as if we can do a better job than coaches or play better than our players.
It must be highlighted that Pirates supporters together with Pirates management are the reason for the team's recent misfortunes. It is a fact that some section of supporters do what supporters are supposed to do but they are very minimum the majority are just behaving like hooligans some have never even kicked the ball but have a lot to say about players calling them cows etc.
It really is a shame to be a Pirates player these nowadays because you are subjected to abuse by your own supporters. We need to change our attitude Mabhakaniya... we need to fully support our team!! Tse Ntsho!!! Once a Pirate, Always a Pirate!
By Philani Madonsela