Pirates off to slower start than last season


Orlando Pirates have sunk to one of their slowest starts to a new season following two wins from seven games with the latest episode coming in the aftermath of Josef Zinnbauer’s departure from the club.

Measured at the seven games mark, Pirates are sitting on their fifth-worst start in the PSL era years.

Under Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids, Pirates have won two, drawn four and suffered defeat once from the opening seven games pushing them to a total of 10 points to date.

At this stage last season under Zinnbauer, they had not lost and were on 13 points and though they ultimately finished third the German had already had plenty of fingers being pointed in his direction about the way The Bucs were playing.

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He then gave up after the MTN8 defeat to Swallows.  

The duo of Ncikazi and Davids have been in charge for all the league games and based on points collected there hasn’t been an improvement from last season with the jury still out on whether they will improve on the third-place finish from the last term and gather more than points.

So far, Pirates are sitting on their fifth-worst start since the start of the PSL in August 1996.

In the 2015/16 season under Eric Tinkler, they only had five points at this stage and eventually finished seventh with the former Bafana Bafana midfielder sacked.

Then for the 2008/09 campaign start, which was Rudi Krol’s first season, they were on nine points after seven games but picked up form to lose the title to SuperSport United on goal difference after ending on 55 points.

The previous season they also had nine points from seven games under the late Bibey Mutombo who passed the baton to Owen da Gama after four games with The Bucs finishing in position eight.

The other slower start was recorded in the 2001/02 season when Pirates also had nine points after seven games and went on to finish third.

Augusto Palacios took charge of the first two before Jean-Yves Kerjean ran the rules for the rest of the campaign. 

With only a single goal scored in the last three league games, Pirates will be pressured to improve that department.

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