What Pirates and Leopards need to fix


Orlando Pirates are probably well aware that they could have done better despite their 3-1 win over Black Leopards at Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but the same goes for the visitors.

Quite frankly, the Buccaneers missed some good opportunities in coach Josef Zinnbauer’s first match in charge and predictably, they conceded again.

For Leopards, their undoing started with conceding a goal that could have been prevented.

Leopards’ Pentjie Zulu battles with Vincent Pule.

FARPost.co.za highlights some problems from both ends following their clash in Soweto.


Missing chances…

At the time of writing Pirates had the second best attack in the League with 22 goals from 14 matches (behind Kaizer Chiefs, who are on 28 goals). Pirates are in fact capable of scoring more given the number of chances they create. The 3-1 scoreline is flattering, because at one stage it was 1-1 and Pirates could have been made to rue some missed chances.

Conceding goals 

Bucs have now conceded in all their last four Absa Premiership matches (seven goals in total). The challenge for Zinnbauer is to ensure a watertight defence. Pirates have the second worst defence with 21 goals conceded behind Cape Town City (23). It’s in Pirates’ best interest to stop leaking goals.


Jonas Mendes’ blunder

The Guinea-Bissau international would be very disappointed when he watches the goal he conceded from Innocent Maela. It would appear that the ball took a bit of an ugly bounce on its way, but Mendes, given his status as an international goalkeeper, should know better what to do in such situations.

Too long on the ball

Leopards lose the ball in dangerous areas – their own half. Pirates could have scored in the first half from one of those errors. Sometimes it’s a result of Leopards players holding on to the ball for far too long.

Robert Ng’ambi of Leopards challenges Pirates midfielder Linda Mntambo.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

at Orlando Stadium

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