In a recent interview, Moroka Swallows head coach, Steve Komphela, shared his views on the potential dominance of Orlando Pirates in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) akin to the reign of current giants, Mamelodi Sundowns. Komphela’s optimism comes on the heels of Pirates’ MTN8 title victory, where he believes they demonstrated their potential to challenge the status quo.
The 56-year-old tactician argued that the Buccaneers are on the brink of realizing their full potential. He emphasized their patience and methodical approach to their build-up play, suggesting that it could be the key to challenging the dominance of Mamelodi Sundowns.
Sundowns recently tasted defeat at the hands of Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 final, marking a significant turning point in the rivalry between these two football powerhouses. With the trophy in their hands, Pirates have set their sights on clinching the DStv Premiership title, further intensifying the competition in the league.
Komphela, who has had a successful coaching career with the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows, now believes that Pirates are in a strong position to mount a credible challenge to Mamelodi Sundowns’ supremacy.
“In the current South African football landscape, Orlando Pirates stands out as a team that, in my opinion, could step into the spotlight should any changes occur within Mamelodi Sundowns” Komphela remarked during an interview with the SABC. However, he also highlighted that this transformation is about to click, and those unfamiliar with the pieces of the puzzle may not fully grasp the imminent breakthrough.
Drawing parallels with the English Premier League, Komphela used Liverpool as a case study. He pointed out that Liverpool’s transformation into a formidable side required strategic acquisitions, particularly in the form of Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker. These signings played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s success and their title-winning campaign.
He further reiterated his belief that Orlando Pirates may need to bolster their goalkeeping department and acquire a reliable centre-back to complete the puzzle. “It is the same discussion I had with Bra Stan ‘Screamer’ Tshabalala when they were heavily involved in Orlando Pirates” Komphela stated. He emphasized that he was not advising the club but engaging in a football discussion based on the lessons from Liverpool’s journey to the top.
In the ever-competitive world of South African football, Steve Komphela’s perspective offers a fresh outlook on the potential shift in dominance. While Mamelodi Sundowns continue to set the benchmark, Orlando Pirates, under the right circumstances, may be poised to challenge their supremacy and script a new chapter in PSL history. Football enthusiasts will undoubtedly keep a close watch on these developments as the season progresses.