'Sundowns have copied Pirates' formula'


Ex-Orlando Pirates assistant coach Teboho Moloi explains how Mamelodi Sundowns have adopted a formula for success that previously worked for The Buccaneers.

Moloi is talking about how Pirates managed to produce several players from their development structures during his time there.

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"You know there was a structure that was being followed by Augusto [Palacios]," Moloi tells KickOff.com.

"He had come up with the structures, which I also observed, that were being used in Colombia by the team that I used to play for. He had a programme from under-12 to the Yebo Yes team. He had an ex-Pirates player working with a coach that never played for Pirates.

"We are no longer producing because we no longer have the structures in place. I mean you go now to Sundowns and you see there's more or less, based on the modern game, what made Pirates development successful.

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"As you can see now with Sundowns, you go to the MDC, they are winning the MDC tournaments. Youth tournaments, Sundowns is dominating. You can see that some of whatever we did is being used at Sundowns.

"We have coaches at Sundowns that were part of that structure Palacios had at Pirates you know. The guys that have never played the game have moved on and graduated to go and work for Sundowns.

"That is why there's so much success at Sundowns, because some of the guys that I worked with when I was a development coach are now with Sundowns.

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"It means that structure that was introduced at Pirates, some of them have taken whatever they learnt at Pirates and they've gone with it there.

"Sundowns took some of the School of Excellence coaches that were successful in developing the youth – Sam Mbatha, Mandla Mazibuko – they are there.

"So it's now for them to produce the way they are producing, compared to our club. So I think if Pirates can just go back to what made them successful during that time."

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