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Is Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic a championship messiah?

Written By Themba Khumalo on Friday, March 14, 2014 | Friday, March 14, 2014

One thing about Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermozovic (VV) when he is coaching a team is that the fans always feel less dejection because of his attacking minded philosophy. Speed, tenacity, tactical awareness and skills are embedded within VV coaching philosophy.

The coach is a fan of solid defence with excellent offensive movement by both right and left full backs going forward, effective wingers with blistering pace coupled with good ball distribution and accuracy into the box, strong, skilful and creative players in the engine room with either  two or three strikers upfront.

VV style of play is characterised by excellent transitional movement, patient build up from the back coupled with working the ball through various channels whilst maintaining good possession. He loves goals and free flowing carpet football but distaste lone striker and ultra- defensive tactic.

He is not a messiah to revive Pirates championship hope but I have noticed a glimpse of positive tactical approach after played 3 strikers at the same time against Moroka Swallows which is a rare tactical change in the Pirates team but later withdrawn Kermit Erasmus to strengthen the wing play with an addition of Aubrey Ngoma at the left wing.

VV used four strikers but differently against Swallows which justified that he is an offensive driven coach total different from his predecessors at Pirates who preferred ultra-defensive approach with lone striker for job security than team success. Former coach Roger de Sa preferred draw than win, but VV prefers win than draw or lose.

I am not insinuating that VV is the best coach but his tactical philosophy and positive energy are what Pirates need. VV recently revealed his own mandate with Pirates which is the Premier Soccer League title and another star.

By Owen Mundalamo
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