Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena has revealed who he sees as Kaizer Chiefs’ main threat, more than that of Khama Billiat, Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro.
Pirates will have a few different faces in their defence when they face Chiefs for a second time in the space of a week, after Happy Jele and Mthokozisi Dube picked up red card suspensions in their recent matches.
This could be of some concern for Mokwena, who will have to ensure they are able to keep the likes of Billiat, Nurkovic and Castro at bay for the 90 minutes, but the young tacticians explained that it is in fact Lebogang Manyama that they need to be more concerned about.
“They’ve got more than just Billiat, Nurkovic and Castro. Manyama is an important player in the 17 goals they’ve scored – he’s contributed to six of those, more than those players,” stressed Mokwena.
“Zuma is important, he played on Wednesday and he came on in the Derby [last weekend] and made a big difference.
“But you know that you’re going to have to deal with shots because the people that shoot more than anyone else is Khama on 25 shots in the last couple of games, and Nurkovic with around 26 shots [note: 30 shots in this season].
“So, those are the ones you have to look out for with regards to them shooting and trying to get goals, but you’ve also got to deal with the aerial presence of Castro and Nurkovic, because that’s something you’ve also got to manage during the 90 minutes.”