Rakhale blames bad luck for Orlando Pirates' domestic woes
Posted: 29 January 2016 Time: 09:32
Fan-favourite Thabo Rakhale says bad luck has been a big factor in the club's domestic struggles this season, and he admits the team is not proud of their recent performances.
Rakhale and his teammates have battled to get out of first gear scoring just 16 goals in the 14 games played to date, while only the bottom three clubs University of Pretoria, Jomo Cosmos and Maritzburg United have won less games than them.
The reality is that at this rate this could end up a disastrous season but Rakhale feels all they need is to get their luck back.
“Truth be told we haven’t had any luck at all on the domestic scene,” reasons Rakhale.
“We have been trying and doing our best, creating chances but then we have had absolutely no luck at all. In Africa we were playing the same way and converting all the chances that we were creating because luck was with us yet that luck hasn’t been with us in the domestic league,” he says.
As an attacking midfielder Rakhale has found himself doing his best to create the opportunities for the forwards but then goals haven’t been the normal end product for those efforts.
“I have found myself creating chances for my teammates and they are not scoring. Yes, it is a bit frustrating but that doesn’t mean I have to give up on them. I can be frustrated for maybe three seconds but then I will tell myself that I want to create for them again and if they don’t score then I believe it will be one of those days when lady luck will not be on our side.
“We are not proud of our performance lately. I believe that every player who comes to this club wants to win silverware and that was one of my goals when I joined Pirates because I also want to leave a legacy here,” says Rakhale.
Lady luck will surely have to be with Pirates in the Soweto Derby on Saturday if they are to avoid walking back to the dressing room with sad faces yet again.