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Krol blames it on 'SA problem'

Posted: 21 February 2010 Time: 09:27

Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol says his team's goalless draw against bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs was due to a "South African problem".

The Dutchman again lamented poor finishing for his side's failure to score. It was a successive 0-0 draw between the two sides, maintaining Krol's unbeaten run against Amakhosi in his two seasons at Bucs. When quizzed over why the last two Derbies have ended goalless which is apparently a first in the history of the Soweto Derby, Krol puts the blame squarely on the players.

"We create chances in every match, but this is a South African problem. You see players who are 28, 29, 30 missing chances… I can't change it," he says.

"I try my best. Lucas (Thwala) scored nine goals last season, but he couldn't score today. You can tell me how many goals has our top scorer (Thwala) last year scored now?" Krol asks.

Thwala has scored three goals this season in 19 League games this season, including Saturday's Derby, compared to his nine goals in 32 appearances in all competitions last season.

However, Thwala came close to scoring in the 61st minute when his powerful header from a set piece was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Itumeleng Khune.

Krol insists it was an interesting game, "It was exciting. The boys fought for the three points, but we didn't get it," he says.

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posted: 10:08 am
It's a Chiefs and Pirates problem, Boss. My team has scored 50 goals, twice Pirates goals and 15 times more than Chiefs. So, SPEAK FOR YOURSELF.
posted: 11:00 am
Not only poor finishing is the problem in SA but footballers in this country also lack football brains,they only play with their legs but does not play with their minds,thats why we witness poor boring football in every matches.They say they create scoring chances but you should really look at those chances if they are clear chances,these teams create unclear chances cos the midfielders lack footie brains,every body just wants to kick the ball instead of palying the ball to their teamates,you'll see defenders clearing the ball up field even when they are miles away from the box.The midfielders hide away from the ball,they dont want to express themselves and play football,they lack vision which is the key to creating goals.Honestly there is a big problem in SA football,even SSU have won two premier league trophies and are on the verge of winning another one but the truth is they dont really play good football,they just kick it upfield where it will meet either Salmon Laffor or Klate,thats why they will never win the CAF champions league,they will only excel in the PSL where there is lesser football knowledge.

posted: 12:25 pm
juan pablo,u r spot on my man,if u hv noticed SSU pictures/photos in any magazine/newspaper u always see their players lukin'/headsup waitin' 4 a ball n thy call it direct futball umabesho!!
posted: 04:05 pm
"We create chances in every match, but this is a South African problem. You see players who are 28, 29, 30 missing chances… I can't change it," says Mr Krol.


If you can't change it sir, go back to Holland and give a chance to a coach who can change your so called SOUTH AFRICAN PROBLEM (as if in Holland teams don't play to 0-0 draws PALOOKA).

Khosi B4 Birth
Khosi By Nature
Khosi For Life
Khosi Even After Death

posted: 08:23 pm
Krol blames it on 'SA problem' what? there is no such SA problem why do u always have to blame it on something or somebody dont u think the problem is u, dont generalize because other teams like Supersport it is easy for them to find the back of the net,and yet u say it is SA problem no no no it is your problem stop pointing fingers if u cant do your job properly just be a man and take the blame like a man admit your fault then u will be able to solve it, if u dont admit u will be confused for ever u'r an incompitant coach pirates has ever employed thanx for your services just catch the A380 and go back to Holland we dont want u here
posted: 09:18 pm
To:Ruud Krol

Ruud I disagree the SCORING PROBLEM IS A SOWETO/GAUTENG THING. Proof is the SOWETO derby 0-0 as expected. Die mense speel kak!!!

After listening to Boebie's interviwe I agree with him that SA soccer lacks on aspect SCORING!!!

That part of the game is only found in the CAPE!!!!Mark Williams,Benni,Barttlet etc.. have all proven that they can SCORE in HIGH LEVEL SOCCER. Sowetans run around the whole day without scoring.

Possible Bafana Bafana 2010 (Gautenglings) vs France
Gauteng’s Finest

1. Brian Baloyi
2. Tlou Molekwane
3. Phungwayo
4. Wayne Matle or Thabang Rooi
5. Mokoena (Captain)
6. Letsholonyane/Ngobeni
7. Dikgang Mabalane
8. Teko Modise/Thulani Serero
9. Bernard Parker/Mbuyane
10. Abia Nale
11. Sphiwe Tshabalala

Coach: Pitso Mosimane
Assistant: Mike Mangena, Jazy Queen

Final Score: Bafana Bafana (GP) 0 vs France 6 Date June 2010

Goal scorers: Aaron Mokoena and Brian Baloyi(own goals), Theirry Henry, Malouda,Benzema and Nasri’s back hill.

South Africa (SA’s Finest )vs France

1. Hans Vonk/Monneb Josephs
2. Anele Ngocngca (Genk, Belgium)/Bryce Moon (Panathiakos, Greece)
3. Tsepo Maselela (Panathiakos, Greece), Brett Evans (Ajax,SA).
4. N. Morris (R. Santander, Spain)/ S. Sangweni (Arrows,SA)/B. Khumalo(SSU,SA)
5. Morgan Gould (SSU,SA)/Mathew Booth (Sundowns,SA)
6 Macbeth Sibaya (R. Kazan,Russia)/Dikgacoi (Fulham,UK)
7. Kermit Erasmus (Excelior,Holland), Erwin Isaacs (Santos,SA)
8. Brent Carelse (SSU,SA)/M. Pattison (Sundowns,SA)
9. Katlego Mphela (Sundowns,SA)/Glen Salmon
10. Steven Pienaar (Captain)/ Sphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs,SA)
11. Franklyn Cale (Sundowns,SA)/ Daine Klate (SSU,SA).

Coach: Alberto Pereira
Assistant: Gordon Igesund
Technical : Manqoba Mngqithi
Team Analyis: Tactical awareness,experience in high level football, discipline,Variety of play, strength and height in crutial areas like defence..

Final Score: South Africa 0 vs France 0 Date June 2010
NOTE: Players above are selected on MERIT not favouritism unlike the GP based Bafana Bafana.

posted: 09:35 pm
Really, Mr Krol? A SA problem? Maybe you can enlighten us, what exactly is this SA problem? Seems to me Pirates had no problem scoring before you came to our shores.
Oh, I suppose your famous exponents of total football have no problem scoring goals and that is how you lost two consecutive WC finals (74 and 78)
posted: 09:35 pm
Really, Mr Krol? A SA problem? Maybe you can enlighten us, what exactly is this SA problem? Seems to me Pirates had no problem scoring before you came to our shores.
Oh, I suppose your famous exponents of total football have no problem scoring goals and that is how you lost two consecutive WC finals (74 and 78)
posted: 07:39 am
Juan Pablo & Bonga... welcome back, I was wondering what happened to you guys, I thought you were one of those Pierats supporter who comment only when they play like Barcelona like you claimed... maybe these will teach you not to count your chickens before they hatch,,, even some sundowns supporters are beginning to annoy us with counting their chickens before they hatch... lucky enough they have realized that they should start building for next season...

Congrats to Supersport, those are the true champs, they dont just claim, they dont make unnecessary noice... they just win..
The Light
posted: 08:29 am
@Thembelani... I am sure that Your name Thembelani is an alias, your real name could be Diepenaar/ van Wyk/de Klerk/ Botha/ Verwoerd or something along those lines. Your SA finest team sheet suck. But then again it is your personal team sh*t.
The Light
posted: 08:37 am
Mr Krol is confused. He must never shift his poor game plan to Thwala. Lucas is not a striker. He usually scores via set pieces and penalties. He must blame his strikers. How can he insist on playing Mbuyane and Mashigo even when they are out of form? Mr Krol you are out of form form too. get yourself a replacement.
posted: 08:52 am
Hehehehe...Lucas Thwala central-defender-cum-striker
posted: 09:07 am
Does this man expect defenders to score more goals than strikers and midfields? i mean Twala ia a defender mr something!! play Schalkwyk atleast 90 min and see what happens for a chance and why don't play Shakira? if play A does not work then have plan B
posted: 09:19 am
It doesn't matter how technical or intelligent you guy try to sound; but yes it's a South African problem. Stretch your minds before you attack the poor coach. We have a serious problem in SA. Players who are techtically weak; overratted players (midfielders & strikers). & if you watch SA football you see this mediocre show week in week out. Look at PSL's leading goals scorers for the past years. every year there's a new player. it's sad when defenders score more goals than strikers. It really is.
posted: 09:21 am
Why since this is a problem-three big clubs in SA-Sunflakes,Pierats & Chiefs plus BB-in their developments structures they should concentrate mainly on producing Strikers,defence attacking & left backs players-K4L
posted: 09:50 am
Krom, Krom, Krom...
You have failed to change the fortunes of OP since your arrival. You were given the best players available, and what do you do?
Moan, Moan, Moan...
Can't wait to see the back of you...
posted: 10:01 am
...goalless draw against bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs was due to a "South African problem".WHY EVERY TIME WHEN CHIEFS AND PIRATES FAIL, THEIR FAILURE IS MADE TO BE A SOUTH AFRICAN FAILURE, AND YET WHEN THEY SUCCEED, THEY GET THE CREDIT INDIVIDUALLY? SUPERSPORT HAS SCORED 50 GOALS - 3 AGAINST EACH TEAM. NO ONE PRAISED THEM FOR THEIR GOAL SCORING. THIS MUST COME TO AN END. SOUTH AFRICA IS NOT SOWETO. WE SHOULD RENAME THE PSL TO Pretoria Soccer League since this is the only place where the league title has been residing for the past 5 years.
posted: 10:12 am
i am a Pirates supporter,but I am very upset about our couch,he must never ever said he can change the the boys to score,why Super sport allways score 2 goals up wards is not a S.A boys,i blame the foreigner couches.
lekhosi la ga Mothapo
posted: 10:27 am
this coach is pathetic how can he blame a defender for not scoring goals
posted: 10:35 am
If Krolis expected to change these less than average players, why has other coaches failed to do so previously.Whydid BB loose to Sierra Leone in Afcon qualifier under world cup winning coach Parreira.

Problem is our players only train howto kick the ball and running.......not to think. The standard of psl is swaak.
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