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Pirates' struggles reflected in behaviour towards Bafana? [Opinion]

Orlando Pirates are a big club that should be in the forefront of log positions, even at this stage of the season but they have continued to blow hot and cold.

The Buccaneers have had almost the same squad for at least three seasons and with new additions every season, they should be starting to challenge Mamelodi Sundowns for the DStv Premiership title but they have continued to lack the mentality to compete at a required level of a big team.

After losing 2-0 to Sundowns in the league, fans should have exected Pirates to come out guns blazing but they had an inconsistent performance against Cape Town City, where after having a 1-0 lead in the first stanza, attacking.

They changed their approach in the second-half and defended for that entire period, despite the fact that they conceded the equaliser early in the second half.

"Pirates are not at the level where everyone expects them to be. Currently we're not reflecting in our performances the name that we have. People should be proud of Pirates, but honestly, I don't think we are at that level," the Buccaneers' co-head coach Mandla Ncikazi admitted after the match, as quoted by IOL.

Perhaps the problem is not with the coaches per se but the individuals recruited at Pirates, as they may lack the character necessary to grasp the prestige of playing for the club.

Because recently, new signing Goodman Mosele reportedly failed to report to the Bafana camp despite getting a call-up much earlier, with reasons for "absconding" the national camp not given nor available.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos revealed in a statement that Mosele could not be reached to give reasons why he was not in camp and his replacement has since been sought.

"Sadly Goodman has absconded, we have tried reaching him to no avail and this is extremely disappointing," Broos said, as quoted by Kickoff.

"We are very happy that Jesse Donn has heeded the call and reported for duty almost immediately."

The attitude of players is important for the success of any team and if players can't carry the responsibility of reporting for camp when they have received call-ups, what is their attitude towards their club, week in and week out?

There are many players who are disappointed when they are not called up to the national team and dream of representing Bafana, but others almost reject call-ups.

The Buccaneers are not doing too bad in the league and they are not doing too good either, which a problem. Now they are seven points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and before you know it, the gap is into double figures and they can't catch-up.

The problem of lack of competitiveness or consistency lies with the attitude of players.

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