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THE BREAKDOWN: Ntshangase The Man To Replace Manyisa?

Pirates' Potential Replacement For Manyisa

By Kyle Smith - Aug 12, 2017 10:01 AM @KyleLaduma

Oupa Manyisa has left Orlando Pirates to join Mamelodi Sundowns, vacating the role that he has made his own over the years. However, with Phumlani Ntshangase continually being linked with a move to Parktown, could he be the man to take over the reins from “Ace”?

Details Of Manyisa’s Sundowns Contract Revealed

Manyisa completed his move to the Brazilians last week after almost a decade at the club and, in the interim, links between the Buccaneers and Bidvest Wits’ midfielder, Phumlani Ntshangase, have resurfaced, as revealed in Soccer Laduma issue number 1035. Considering that Manyisa has been a stalwart in the midfield for several years, Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic has to face the difficult task of finding his replacement. The big question is, can Ntshangase be that man?

Tactics

Establishing whether Manyisa can be replaced by Ntshangase rests on the tactical approach the Sredojevic employs as the Buccaneers new coach. Manyisa was used primarily as a deep-lying playmaker in the 2016/17 season, while Ntshangase is a pure defensive midfielder. However, a change in formation could be implemented, with Kjell Jonevret’s two midfielders (Manyisa and Issa Sarr) being exchanged for a three-man midfield, with two defensive midfielders and an attacking midfielder or otherwise. The coach has the opportunity to take a fresh approach to Pirates’ game, which would provide rationale for bringing Ntshangase into the team. Therefore, one can compare Manyisa’s and Ntshangase’s outstanding attributes.

Manyisa

The former Pirates skipper made more passes per 90 minutes, with greater accuracy and a higher number of them being made in the final third. He created more chances and had a higher number of shot assists and also took more shots. It therefore goes without saying that he was superior to Ntshangase in attack. However, it was Pirates’ defensive frailties that cost them in terms of results last season and that’s where Ntshangase comes in…

Ntshangase

The Bidvest Wits midfielder’s incredible defensive numbers included an outstanding 11.42 clearances per 90 minutes, 2.31 tackles and 3.64 duels won. That’s just the surface in terms of where he is far superior to Manyisa. He was also far more effective when he did get into the box, shooting with greater accuracy, and taking more within the box. He also made more crosses and completed more dribbles.

Goals Galore In Bucs’ First Game For Micho

Therefore, it is clear that Ntshangase is far better suited to a holding midfield role than the outgoing Manyisa and, when it comes to the holes that need to be filled in the middle of the park, Ntshangase could be the solution. Pirates’ defensive action ratio was poor last season and they conceded the most shots in the league, while also conceding the highest number of opposition passes. In other words, opponents could make more passes against Pirates than any other team before a tackle or interception or clearance to broke up play. Ntshangase would help hugely with this.

Do you think Ntshangase can be a better player than Manyisa in Pirates’ midfield?


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@sbuda.com Joined: 11 Aug 2017
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@sbuda.com Aug 12, 2017 10:51 PM
Sign Siphelele Ntshangase then you will magic
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the dark horse Aug 12, 2017 05:54 PM
sign the boy, take back Mobara to difference then release Makola we have Nyatama
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Michaeltshigama Aug 12, 2017 02:33 PM
He's a good player anyway but I like Sangweni n Mobara
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Jeke Aug 12, 2017 02:13 PM
I agree with you xola is good .i remember him snd thami at chips
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Jeke Aug 12, 2017 02:08 PM
I wish khoza can go for mlambo and mgonyama and close the bookd
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Spiro Valdez Aug 12, 2017 01:01 PM
This column is written as if the player has already joined Bucs. I think I should also apply for a job as a junior writer at Soccer Laduma cause I know my story more than some of those guys there
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Jimiebucs Aug 12, 2017 12:51 PM
Manyisa is gone. Nyatama came. we dont need Manyisa replacement, we already have it
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Sino90 Aug 12, 2017 12:48 PM
Ntshangase can make a good partnership with Sangweni in the midfield, Makola and Nyatama they can do the duties of attack. Bring him Bucs
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warras Aug 12, 2017 12:34 PM
Ntshangase is the best player on man marking and closing some holes for opposition side. If he can partner with Sangweni, it will make difficult for other teams to crackdown our midfield. Musa Nyatama is so good on creating spaces for strikers. They also need to sign Frederic from Cosmos to add anchor to our central defensive role.........Up the Bucks.
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siphiwemthengisi@gmail.com Aug 12, 2017 12:15 PM
Please we dont need a defensive misfielder, we need a attacking midfielder. We need Xola Mlambo or Thabang Monare.
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bucshooligan 1 Aug 12, 2017 11:50 AM
Just bring him
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Juju F Aug 12, 2017 11:24 AM
Whether him been better than Ace or not the fact remains,we've got Sangweni when it comes to defensive along most improved Mobara.As for attacking we have exceptional good player who can create, dribble even score when it matter Nyatama,plus not forgetting the most skillful player waiting to be given a good fair second season chance which is Morrison.
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#pirates follow Swallows Aug 12, 2017 10:57 AM
Ya cowditor all cows belong there
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Neymar_10 Aug 12, 2017 10:49 AM
Xola Mlambo is undoubtedly a suitable replacement for Manyisa.
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Funkym Aug 12, 2017 10:47 AM
PIRATES cannot be buying this 2seasons players they need to invest in a player that will be there for like 5years, with a potential to win us cups, buying all this players and packing the miedfield is not also helping. We need defenders, they have not said anything about defenders and i see Gcaba and Jele comingback which is an insult to fans and supporters
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setlaboswana Aug 12, 2017 10:45 AM
Does the Player have what it takes to avoid relegation?
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setlaboswana Aug 12, 2017 10:33 AM
Khoza must chose between football and Politics if revelation by Kjell is anything to go by.
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Siya@gmail.co.za Aug 12, 2017 10:32 AM
I worry yam kumthenga jst to bench o loan him that's how we do kuleminyaka
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SowetoBOY Aug 12, 2017 10:31 AM
We dont need him the player we could do with is Xola Mlambo.
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Mondli hates qhabanga Aug 12, 2017 10:25 AM
We dont need him we've got enough cover in no6 position(':') #MightyBucsIremain

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