Orlando Pirates legend Marks Maponyane points out Bucs' trophy drought is as bad as Kaizer Chiefs'
Posted: 14 June 2018 Time: 19:30
Orlando Pirates legend Marks Maponyane says the club's signing of nine players is understandable given their trophy drought and extra CAF commitments this coming season.
Pirates, who have not won silverware since their 2014 Nedbank Cup triumph, on Thursday announced the capture of goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo, Vincent Pule, Ben Motshwari, Asavela Mbekile, Linda Mntambo, Paseka Mako, Abel Mabaso, Meschack Maphangule and Kudakwashe Mahachi.
Bucs coach Micho Sredojevic has sought to strengthen the team ahead of their return to the CAF Champions League after a five-year absence following a runners-up finish to Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns in 2017/18.
Maponyane, a continental champion with Pirates in 1995, has pointed out the Sea Robbers need to appease The Ghost just as much as their arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs need to placate the Khosi nation.
"I realised that in goals, honestly, they have been lacking. You remember they got [Wayne] Sandilands and he never lived up to expectations," Maponyane tells KickOff.com.
"They've been clutching at straws in that department so they had to get someone who can give their goalkeepers Jackson Mabokgwane and Siyabonga Mpontshane competition.
"But having said that, the approach worldwide is the same when you know that you are in the Champions League. You also want to win the league. You've got to balance the squad and hopefully the coach will find the winning combination for the league, and at some point make a suitable combination for the cup games.
"Remember, Pirates are just like Kaizer Chiefs; they haven't been winning things. The only thing at Chiefs is it was the same coach [Steve Komphela] for three years, that's why there has been so much noise," concludes the 56-year-old, who is the Glamour Boys' record scorer with 85 goals.