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OPINION| Can Orlando Pirates win the League?

Orlando Pirates haven't been successful in the past 6 seasons and now they will be looking to win the DSTV premier soccer league after a very long time without winning it.

Even though it hasn't been good sailing for the Buccaneers, they still were marvelous to watch as they played beautiful football which keep even the rival fans entertained. Pity the beautiful football they played couldn't win them anything till last season.

The main problem is that the ghosts always suffer humiliation at the hands of small teams and that affects their team spirit and enthusiasm. Zinnbauer has since left the club after winning them the only trophy in the last 7 years and Pirates will have to replace him with a better and more tactically gifted coach who will improve the players and use their beautiful football to win trophies.

The Buccaneers' defense is porous and it needs a coach who will turn those defenders into walls, stop them from committing silly fouls around the 18-yard area and help them to read the game. The Hlatswayo and Jele combination will never work since Hlatswayo is only good in the air, someone else must partner Jele because Hlatswayo is always targeted by opposition teams forwards since he's not that good defensively.

Orlando Pirates has an advantage when it comes to midfielders because it's packed in the middle of the park and the coach has many good options to choose from. The former regulars Motshwari and Makaringe even sit on the bench because the competition is high and once a player gets an opportunity they use it.

The Buccaneers, forwards have always been clinical it's just that there has been a very low supply of balls from midfield since Thembinkosi Lorch was injured. Lorch was able to drop to the middle of the park to collect balls and feed them to the forwards but since he's not around, it has been hard for the forwards to get goal-scoring chances except in Orlando Pirates' last game where they were rampant.

If they continue in that form then they will compete for the league title and maybe win it.

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