Finding The Back Of The Net: A Chapter In The Story Behind Pirates’ Struggles Up Front
Pirates Forwards To Take Some Blame?
Orlando Pirates’ worst season in the PSL era may have many explanations. However, one of their biggest concerns will be their failure to convert chances into goals.
Pirates found themselves in 11th place in the final standings of the 2016/17 Absa Premiership, which was their worst finish in the PSL era and their defensive record, which saw them concede the fourth most goals in the league (40) has seen the men at the back take most of the slack from fans and pundits alike. However, the men up front should also be held accountable for some of their disappointing results.
The Buccaneers’ 29 goals scored over the course of the campaign was not the most impressive return, considering that they fell short of the league average of 33.6 goals scored, but their 386 shots fell above the average of 347.1.
As a result, their conversion rate of 7% reads as the fourth worst record amongst the 16 top flight clubs, above only Baroka, Free State Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic. And what will be another cause for concern is that Tendai Ndoro contributed to 63 of those shots (a 16.3% contribution) and, in spite of a 19% conversion rate on his behalf, without his contributions up front, the team’s figures could be even worse.
This is surely something that coach Kjell Jonevret and club chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza, will look to find a solution for by looking to bring in players in the transfer window or incorporate into the training regime.
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