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Match Highlights: Josef Zinnbauer’s Orlando Pirates Fail To Score Enough Goals – Again

Orlando Pirates have found it difficult to score goals lately. Their lack of goal scoring began at the tail end of last season and bled to the beginning of the new season. Coach Zinnbauer has changed the combinations for his Orlando Pirates team but they still don’t seem to have the cutting edge. Orlando Pirates have signed quality players in the transfer window and the pressure will be on the German coach to produce some form of silverware this season.



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Orlando Pirates rely on Mhango

Orlando Pirates’ Reliance On Gabadinho Mhango Has Been Exposed

Since his brace against Chippa United in February, Orlando Pirates’ leading goal-scorer Gabandinho Mhango has been on a bit a goal drought.

It’s been six games since the game against Chippa. Orlando Pirates have only managed to win one and score once in those half a dozen matches.

I don’t know about you but I a pattern here. It seems as though there is a correlation between Gabandinho Mhango lack of goal production and Orlando Pirates’ unsatisfactory performances.

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer recons Mhongo’s dry spell is due to confidence or fatigue

“He scored a lot of goals in the first games, and now [against Wits] he had one of the best chances but it was not so [that he could score].

“As a striker, when he doesn’t think about anything, he scores, and now maybe he thinks a little bit too much that he wants [to score].


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“You know as a striker you need the self-confidence and you need the trust from the coach‚” 

“And it’s not so easy too that we have a good striker or two on the bench.

“We have not a long time [before the next game] and we have to see what’s possible in the next game – maybe he needs a break or he needs the next game but I don’t know, we’ll [figure out] a plan for the next game.”

Gabandinho Mhango tops the leagues’ scoring charts with 14 goals. At Orlando Pirates, he is trailed by an out of favour Tshegofatso Mabaso who has scored six. His goals have become increasingly important to Pirates. I’m surprised his coach would even think of resting him in a team that has scored 0 goals in their last four.

Every coach would love to have a forward that could score 15 goals in a season. But, this becomes an issue when the forward is relied upon a bit too much. The last time I check you need more that 15 goals to win the league.

Mhango is carrying Orlando Pirates’ goalscoring load and clearly, it has become too much. Pirates midfielders offer no goal-scoring threat. Other Pirates attackers like Pule and Memela are more goal creators than goalscorers. Mhango needs help and Zinnbauer needs to provide it.

By @cheezfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)

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7 Questions About The Restart Of The PSL Championship Race

6 Questions About The Restart Of The PSL Championship Race

Remember the PSL? Well, it’s back. I answer 6 questions about the restart, including who has the most pressure to win the PSL championship and many more.

1. Who is the team with momentum?

Mamelodi Sundowns.

It’s difficult to talk about momentum because no team has played a competitive football match for four and a half months. Going into the lockdown Sundowns had won four of their five league games.

2. Which team has benefited from the break?

Kaizer Chiefs.

Amakhosi went it to the lockdown on a run of two wins, two losses, and one draw in their last five PSL games – that isn’t championship-winning form.

Four and a half months is a long time. This feels like a new season. The time will surely rejuvenate Ernst Middendorp’s team to refocus. 

3. Who will Kaizer Chiefs replace Maluleka with?

Kearyn Baccus is a decent player. He is actually pretty good but injuries kept him out for much of the season. Baccus might not have Maluleka’s passing range but he makes up for it with his other attributes. 

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Thembinkosi Lorch wins man of the match black label cup 2019/20

‘…it affected my form big-time…’ – Thembinkosi Lorch

Orlando Pirates star player Thembinkosi Lorch has opened up on why his form has dipped. I thought it may have been because he has played a lot of football between Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates. Or maybe because after winning almost every individual award last season, being hailed as Moses Lorch, and having a song named after him, he could be suffering from ‘I Am The Shit syndrome’. This sickness has effected a lot of players, from Jabu Pule to Teko Modise. He, however, points out the reason he isn’t at his best is because of something else:

“I think I’ve done my thing in Mzansi. I’ve won the player of the season, I went to AFCON, and even there I played well,” Lorch told KickOff.


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“But like I said before, I’m still hurt for not going overseas. The likes of Percy Tau left after becoming player of the season, a lot of players left… so I expected the same thing to happen to me.

“Even now I still feel the pain you know. Ja, I won’t hide it. You know that it affected my form big-time, because I saw myself playing overseas this season, and I was prepared to go and play overseas.

“It’s my dream to play overseas, but I still believe my dream will come true. It’s God who knows. I must just not give up. So I wish a right offer comes.”

Asked if he ever approached Pirates management regarding a possible move over seas, Lorch added: “Ja I did that, I talked to them. So they suggested we wait for a right offer. So I don’t know what kind of an offer is a right offer, but it did affect me big-time.

“Even now I still feel this pain in my heart you see, and I don’t think it’s something that is going to end soon.

“For now it still hurts you see, especially when I see the likes of [Marshall] Munetsi playing overseas [for Reims]. It really pains me.”

‘The right offer’

We’ve heard this term many times. Especially at Orlando Pirates. It seems as though, unlike Europe, where star players have a little bit of a say on their future (see: How Neymar bullied his way out of Barcelona) in South Africa the clubs hold all the power.

We’ve heard from players like Teko Modise lamenting Orlando Pirate’s refusal to let him take his talents overseas. Did Thembinkosi Lorch ask for buy out clauses before signing? Do these players and their agents find other ways to have their contracts more beneficial to them?

It appears as though our players aren’t willing to educate themselves on their contract and how they are structured. Orlando Pirates or any other PSL club are running a business. It may not be in their best interest to let go of their star players without a fair price. It’s the responsibility of the player to let their agents know what they want to be negotiated in their contract before they sign them.

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Pitso Mosimane dejected after his Mamelodi Sundowns lose to Orlando Pirates

Losing To Pirates Was The Worst Outcome For Mamelodi Sundowns

A strange thing happened yesterday. For the first time ever, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates supporters came together and supported the latter in their quest to (a.) not lose against Mamelodi Sundowns and (b.) preferably beat them. 

Mamelodi Sundowns came into the game nine points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs with a game in hand. A loss against Pirates would equal the number of matches played with Chiefs but the lead would stay intact. Downs went a goal down in the first half and never recovered. 

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