Pirates legend identifies weak point


Orlando Pirates legend Tebogo Moloi has pointed out a weak point in the team’s current playing system, which he believes is not suited for the club.

Pirates are amongst the teams that have conceded a considerably high number of goals this season, which has prompted questions over their defensive quality and depth.

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The likes of Happy Jele, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Alfred Ndengane and goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands have all come under criticism for their shortcomings, but Moloi has identified a different weak-point that may be responsible for this.

“Pirates has always been a wing-play orientated team, but if you look now, [Luvuyo] Memela goes inside; [Thembinkosi] Lorch goes inside; [Vincent] Pule goes inside, and you have [Gabadinho] Mhango alone up front,” Moloi tells KickOff.com.

“I know this is to open for the full-backs to go [on the attack], but in 1-v-1 you can’t let a full-back take on another full-back, because when he loses the ball then the team is exposed in transition.

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“We [previous technical teams] always said, ‘If full-backs are going to overlap, let them overlap on the line and the winger will roll it for them to put in the cross.

“But what is happening now, the wingers go inside and then… Maybe the system also doesn’t allow; Micho [Sredojevic] and Rhulani [Mokwena] were using this system of wing-backs, and Pirates is not a team suited for wing-backs.

“Pirates has always been a team that relies on wing-play, you can mention, there was Daine [Klate], ‘Sox’ [Tlou Segolela]; before them there was Duku-duku [Joseph Makhanya], Steve Lekoelea – you can go to history.

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“Pirates has always had wingers and a number-10, if that doesn’t work, we’d bring in a second striker. We’d either play a straight 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 or 4-5-1, but now they prefer this new European thing of 4-3-3, and it’s not working.”