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What's wrong with Orlando Pirates strikers?

Written By Themba Khumalo on Friday, February 28, 2014 | Friday, February 28, 2014

Orlando Pirates strikers have been firing blanks in the past weeks. In the previous four games, Pirates only managed to score one goal from the midfielder Khethowakhe Masuku.

The strikers have been firing blanks due to an ineffective and predictable lone striker tactic deployed by Pirates interim coach Eric Tinkler.

Pirates have bolstered its striking force by acquiring the service of Lehlohonolo Majoro. Now the team has 7 strikers which are:  Lennox Bacela, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Thamsanqa Gabuza, Ndumiso Mabena, Collins Mbesuma, Helder Pelembe and Kermit Erasmus to lead the Pirates striking force.

Gabuza, Bacela, Mabena and Mbesuma have fallen out of favour with the technical team whilst Majoro, Erasmus and Pelembe will compete for the striking role. However, if Tinkler continues with his ineffective and outdated lone striker tactic, only one striker will make it in the starting eleven out of the 7 which is a waste of strikers.

Pirates have enough depth in the striking force to replace the lone striker tactic by twin striker formation or even playing traditional system of 3 strikers. If I were Eric Tinkler, I would play 3 strikers Majoro, Erasmus and Pelembe to score avalanches of goals as the teams is currently number 10 in terms of scoring.

By Owen Mundalamo
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