Ex-Orlando Pirates midfielder Lebohang Mokoena has shared his thoughts on the challenges facing the club and pinpoints one major area of concern.
The Buccaneers have not had the best of starts to the season and find themselves in eighth position with nine points after seven matches.
An early change of coach after the resignation of Milutin Sredojevic has created a lot of problems for Pirates according to 'Cheeseboy', who spoke to KickOff.com after Swallows FC's 0-0 draw with Real Kings on Sunday.
"Orlando Pirates are not getting the results they want and the departure of Micho created a lot of problems, they had to change a lot of stuff," Mokoena said.
"But I would say it's still early for them in the Absa Premiership, once they get momentum you will see the difference."
Mokoena, who worked with Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena at Mamelodi Sundowns, believes the 34-year-old will help the Sea Robbers bounce back because of his braveness and connection to the club.
He also feels if the club can focus on their defence during the international break, they can start winning consistently and possibly still challenge for the league.
"For him [Rhulani] personally, it's still early to judge him," he added.
"I've worked with him as well, I think he's not a fearful coach. For him to take that Pirates hotseat at his age shows that the man's got character and spirit as well.
"Having his family, being a former Pirates member as well, helps him to be stronger. Hopefully results will come, he plays good football.
"But what I'm seeing is they are conceding a lot of goals. Maybe if they shut the backdoor they can probably win matches."