Thabo Rakhale preaches Orlando Pirates consistency
Posted: 6 November 2015 Time: 15:39
Orlando Pirates’ struggles on the domestic scene have been well chronicled for much of the last month but their first run of consecutive victories has encouraged midfielder Thabo Rakhale.
Pirates have powered their way into the CAF Confederation Cup Final with distinction but have failed to reproduce the same form for most of their League campaign to date, raising questions about whether they are just failing to strike the balance or they are feeling the work overload.
Now with two wins in a row and a match – against Kaizer Chiefs – that could take them to the Final of the Telkom Knockout, Rakhale is also aiming to build up a wave of consistency from now onwards.
“We are trying by all means to be consistent,” he admits.
“You made [reference] to going for many games without winning two consecutive games and even the coach has told us we have to change that thing. It is just a mental thing because away we were playing so well and domestically we are not doing so well.
“Personally, I also think it has also been a matter of luck because we have been playing well but have not been converting the chances that we have been getting. So I think it is matter of consistency and we are trying by all means to keep that.
“It has been a matter of luck for us because we have created a lot of chances in every game and so far in the past two games we have managed to score goals. If we can manage to play like that we will score more goals. It was just a matter of not converting those chances [which led to lack of positive results],” explains Rakhale, who expects a tough game against Chiefs on Saturday afternoon.
“It is going to be a tough game, especially considering that we have just won a game against them and they came back strong against Golden Arrows [in midweek]. Even with us, we played a game [on Wednesday] and we also got a positive result.
“All derbies cannot be judged based on previous performance hence we won the game last week after having lost to Golden Arrows and they had won, the results were different. So it is going to be a tough game and the better team will win on the day,” he notes.
The consistency that Rakhale is crying out for will come with a line of testing fixtures – Chiefs on Saturday, then Etoile du Sahel in two legs of the Confederation Cup Final, then Mamelodi Sundowns while they could also still be faced with playing a Telkom Knockout Final if they overcome Amakhosi.