The latest SASoccer365 readers' e-mails concern the recent slump in form by Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs' title chances, and more...
'Pirates have struggled at the back from the start'
Pirates in crisis!!! Everybody is talking about Pirates defense as if its something new. Let me tell you, Pirates have struggled at the back since from the start.
The only reason why they have managed to go on a rampage earlier in the league is that they used their most defensive system effectively, which is to attack and score goals.
Lets break it down...most teams then would plan and worry about stopping Pirates from wining, and none of the teams dared to try that by having more attack minded players on the pitch.
And that gave attack minded Pirates players space...more especially in the middle of the park. When Pirates lost the ball, their opponents didn't have any plans of what they were going to do with the ball cause all the time in training they spent time focusing on closing Pirates down.
And rightly so Papic told his players that they must concentrate on scoring first and continue scoring....that way they don't have to worry about playing catch up, while their opponents will be worrying about limit the score lime than canceling it.
But that has changed.....most teams have realized that, go on attack and Pirates can't operate. Against Sundowns, Cappa made sure he fielded three strikers and a very attach minded midfield...and guess what happened....Pirates lost.
On top of that, Pirates strikers are not responding and that mentality (score first) is becoming very frustrating to the players and technical team. And until Pirates starts scoring again and effectively put their opponents on the back foot.....I see the Championship going somewhere else.
And this is mounted by the fact that their defence is very porous. Papic now has a big challenge, he needs his defence to gel and solidify...when your strikers aren't scoring....at least your defence should make up for it....but its not the case with Pirates.
Now, when they meet with Chiefs on Saturday...they might turn the tide and survive because Chiefs have their own problems as well....when Mbesuma is not on song they are hardly a threat.
That means either Ted or Papic will play it clever on Sat. For Ted....push more players forward and frustrate Pirates defence by not knowing who to pick up, once that happens Pirates will be disjointed and continue to lose morale. If Chiefs scores first...that might be it.
For Papic....opt for conservation...Pirates forwards are capable of out-running Chiefs defence. But above all I see this meeting to be a dull one.....none of them would want to lose....but as for Pirates...its too late to change the style of play they must just hope that their defence is at their best on Sat....the strikers need to pull up their socks...otherwise this game might finish Chiefs 0 - Pirates 0.
PIRATES ARE HEADING FOR DOUBLE WORRIES
I would like to say to Pirates to watch themselves as to me they have counted their chickens before the eggs have hatched.
To me judging by the big headedness of their coach simply shows that they will not win the league as it has happened with bowing out of the ABSA cup.
The coach knows there is a weakness not only on the right hand side of their defense but the whole backline itself.
The coach seems to be playing the same style of play, their game being concentrated on a particular person namely Tso Vilakazi. If not all the work load being put on Cheeseboy. The Coach seems to tell the players to just run forward when in possession but forgetting to use their heads & protecting their keeper hence becoming variable at the back.
Hence when they lose they lose by a Big margin. This will work against them as the league might be decided by the Goal Difference. I'm a staunch supporter of Kaizer Chiefs. Papic must stop talking about winning the double let alone the league.
It will be History to PSL should he win all these being his first year not only in the country but in SA Soccer itself. He must find out from other foreign coaches that this you only achieve in your two to three years stint with the team.
To Pirates thank you for warming up the number one spot while us Chiefs were venturing out and being behind with games.
We are catching up with Games & guess you know what that means ."MOVE OVER AS THE OWNERS OF THAT POSITION HAVE CAUGHT UP WITH THEIR GAMES."
Pirates please no fighting on the 30th. Don't forget you're Happy People. So remain being that. Try again next Season. I must congratulate you for making the league so interesting.
Holla "HAPPY PEOPLE HOLLA IN THE NAME OF SPORT."
Worried about MTN soccer zone
I am worried about the way MTN soccer zone is being misused by Mr Robert Marawa with due respect to the men but i feel that the show does not need all this talking he is doing on the show, that program is meant to show supporters and football lovers about the game but it is not doing that at the moment, as a result the way they cut the games is bad we need that hour to be used in showing the highlights not what he like and just to remind you if there were penalties they only show 2 or 3 penalties out of 10 but why cause we need to see all of them not what they liked.
Lukhangela Mguba (Mr)
Pule must be a role model
PULE IS A SENIOR PLAYER, PLAYING 4 NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM SO HE MUST TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF INSIDE THE SOCCER FIELD AND OUTSIDE THE SOCCER FIELD HE MUST SHOW THAT HE IS A ROLE MODEL OF MOST YOUNGSTERS SO HE MUST BE DISCIPLINED.
Money is the answer
The most prominent motivational answer to players in soccer sphere is money. To motivate players, clubs must pay money whenever a team won the game.
Apart from that, there must be certain monthly payment from the government to pay players,l ike what is proposed to taxi drivers . I mean it because there are some players who earn as little as R2000.00. So how can that player be motivated ?
Shape in or shape out Mr Dumitru
Hail! to Mr Motaung for instructing Ted to pay Jabulani Mendu. Look at what the guy is doing now, if the guy was given a time before I believe Mbesuma would have scored more than He did up to now.
He has that we call a defence splitting passer - he is a true ball player, one of the best midfielders in the country. not so long He will be playing in the bafana bafana because we don't have that good supplier at the moment because we are using Fortune out of position.
Coming back to Kaizer Chiefs I think Ted must play the likes of Rene Richard, Gert and bring back Ntokozo Sikhakane to black and gold colours because these are the players with bright future and Ted must not do what he did to sundowns to the likes of Alex Bapela, Charles Mutloi, Isaac Shai and Eric Ramasike.
Ted is known as a good destroyer so he must stop destroying and start building the future in those players at Chiefs.
As far as goal keeping dept is concern, he has to do what he did when he first join Chiefs. I mean rotational system because Baron is one of the best goal keepers, so these players I have mention want to play to the WORLD CUP so they must first be given chance to club level in order to play for their country.
Hector Mudau from Manavhela village Vuwani
THE RACE IS ON
Many were quick to predict the outcome of the current season of the PSL , as to who would be relegated and if whether Kaizer Chiefs would retain their status as league champions.
As we were heading into the second round of the campaign we witnessed a rejuvenated, 'happy people' inspired Orlando Pirates running away with the championship playing the most attractive football in the process.
All of a sudden we had strikers firing from all cylinders in the form of the lankly Lungisani Ndlela in the colours of the Dube Birds , Sandile Ndlovu proving to be a revelation in Limpopo and not to mention the deadly Collins Mbesuma setting the premiership alight.
While Jomo Cosmos were slipping deep into trouble, Bloemfontein Celtic were silently moving up the table with inspiring wins over Moroka Swallows and the more publicised win over the league leaders, who were at that time undefeated in the league.
Most of our predictions could be wrong or even right but one point that needs mentioning which has been proven to be right already is that this is the best season since the inception of the PSL. Its the first time that all the teams in the bottom half are in danger of getting the axe. The question is who?
In the top half I think its clear that the race is between the two Soweto giants plus the season could be won on goal difference which favours Orlando Pirates and if this will be the case it will be the second time that Kaizer Chiefs looses out on the championship in this manner as the last time they lost it to Mamelodi Sundowns.
To avoid this the Amakhosi will be hoping that the Buccaneers drop a few points along the way before the big showdown at Soccer City in the derby.On the other hand the Pirates faithfulls will be crossing their fingers that this doesn't happen.
So whatever the outcome as to who will be going down or who will be getting a top eight berth or even who will be crowned champions. As lovers and followers of the local game I think its important that we acknowledge that our game has grown and give compliments where due, just like we are quick to criticise when things are going wrong.
Bucs must first sort out their backline
In my view, Bucs must first sort out their backline or come up with new system that will stop the opponents flooding to their goal area .
You cannot expect a win if your defence is always behind the ball, to do that you must have a defence made of fast runners who make clean tackles from behind which is not always guaranteed options in most cases.
Pirates need people like Old John Mabizela who is always facing the opponents and commanding his backline, that is not negotiable Bill that is what you must tell Musasa,Papi and other guys if you want the quickest and the best remedy to your headache problem.
Concern Bucs fan.