Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena has assured that their recent FIFA international break was used constructively to iron out their defensive frailties.
Mokwena expects a much better showing from his charges in their upcoming Telkom Knockout fixture at home to Stellenbosch this evening, after they conceded eight goals in their last three games, of which they won just one.
It has been clear for all to see how Pirates’ defence have been a thorn in their side, but not only did they address this as Rhulani highlighted their impressive goalscoring record of eight goals scored as a positive that needs to be maintained.
“You concede goals not necessarily because of structural issues, which could have been one of the issues, but we’ve gone into that and analysed the goals we’ve conceded,” said Mokwena.
“And we’ve gone into not just the goals we conceded in the last six matches, we went back as far as the beginning of the season and tried to really dig deep into the issues, and not just scratching the surface.
“The detail is in the depth to try and find as much information as possible to try and rectify some of the problems.
“But we are also looking at the positives, because we’ve also scored a lot of goals and we want to keep our attacking prowess to make sure that we don’t lose that.
“Having said that, we have worked on our defensive forms and defensive structure, and we’ve tried to make sure that we improve on those things.