Happy Jele says all factions of Orlando Pirates need to take responsibility this season
Posted: 17 February 2017 Time: 17:30
Happy Jele says it is unfair that the blame should only be directed at Orlando Pirates' defenders, despite the side sitting with the second-worst defensive record in the Premiership.
Having conceded 25 goals in their opening 16 league matches this term, only relegation-threatened Highlands Park have a worse record, leaving plenty of question marks over the Buccaneers defenders.
Furthermore, a goal difference of minus nine has also come as a disgrace to a club of Pirates’ stature, having just seven years ago ended the season having conceded only 18 goals, while the club have never finished a PSL campaign with a negative goal difference.
“I think in the team it is not about defence only because we play as a team always,” argues Jele, whose side also went down 2-1 to Bidvest Wits in midweek.
However, twice this season, Pirates have conceded half a dozen in one match, including last weekend in the 6-0 hammering at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld.
“Sometimes, we concede goals and the blame is on the defence, yet someone in midfield was supposed to have marked but we blame the defence all the time," Jele continues.
"Why don’t you blame the strikers when they don’t score? You can’t. But [fans and the media] blame the defenders all the time. It is not that we are bad players but at times if it is not your day then it is not your day,” reasons the lanky defender.
The trip to the Mother City to face surprise pacesetters Cape Town City on Saturday night [20h15] at the Cape Town Stadium has trouble written all over it for the team that has had to deal with accusations of internal divisions ahead of the appointment of a new coach on Monday.
Crisis is the word written all over the Bucs camp right now, which has also forced club boss Dr Irvin Khoza to intervene by calling a meeting on Tuesday.
“The chairman came and had a meeting with all of us, including the technical team. He came to us and motivated us and told us that these things happen and if it is not your day it is not your day but we need to lift up our heads and that is what we did [against Bidvest Wits] and that is why we have the confidence now and we will go out there and play for the team.
"There is nothing like divisions in the team. We are united and we are working harder each and every day so the divisions that you are doing about, we don’t know about it because we are united as a team,” he notes.