Orlando Pirates fans may have finally got confirmation why their team has been underperforming for the a number of years in the league after a recent revelation by a prominent coach.
Pirates ended a six-year trophy drought after coach Josef Zinnbauer helped them clinch the MTN8 last season but in truth, that cup success could not be sustained, as they finished in third place in the DStv Premiership and did not win any other cup.
It takes only three matches to reach the final of the MTN8 and Zinnbauer was the flavour of that period but he was soon found wanting again, and it was a surprise that he actually finished the whole season, as Pirates crashed out of the CAF Confederation Cup with an embarrassing 5-1 aggregate defeat to Moroccan side Raja Casablanca in the quarter-finals.
The German tactician coached his last game after losing to Swallows in the MTN8 in the first round, as defending champions, in the first game of the 2021/22 season, as he resigned after that.
The Buccaneers are actually yet to win a league title since the 2011/12 season, which makes it nine years without winning the Premiership and that is unacceptable for a big team.
There has been rumours of interference at Pirates, which has been given as a reason for the club's failures to compete with Mamelodi Sundowns for major honours.
After a short frustrating spell at Pirates in 2017, former coach Kjell Jonevret, spilled the beans on the working environment at the club to Swedish Sport TV channel.
“You want so much to help but you really cannot. I felt that it could not continue as it was and felt it was best to leave. So I quit," Jonevret said, as quoted by TimesLive.
“Communication was not very good and it was difficult to make my voice heard. It’s a big club with very many who want to be involved and make decisions. The political aspect is extraordinary in the club‚” added Jonevret.
Now news emerged recently that Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos was barred entry at Orlando Stadium over the weekend to watch Pirates play against Mamelodi Sundowns by the security personnel, despite having his accreditation.
And Broos said he was surprised why the issue could not be solved at the stadium, as Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza is also a Vice-President of SAFA, his employer.
"I don't understand that. We are coaches of the national team, and there is a team (Pirates) who don’t allow us into the stadium to see a game of their team," Broos told SABC Sport, as quoted by Kickoff.
"The most surprising is that the chairman of the team [Irvin Khoza] is the vice-president of SAFA. I didn't believe it, so we have to go back."
With those rumours of too many people involved at Pirates, perhaps it's true that, with Khoza also the chairman of the PSL, he probably does not have time to run the Buccaneers and the people he hired to run the team are letting him down?
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