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THE BREAKDOWN: Is Rakhale Good Enough For Bucs?

Thabo Rakhale linked with a move away from Pirates

By Kyle Smith - Sep 23, 2017 10:59 AM @KyleLaduma

Thabo Rakhale has lost his place in Milutin Sredojevic’s first team at Orlando Pirates and we take a look at why.

Rakhale has only made two appearances in the Absa Premiership to date, against Baroka FC and Maritzburg United and, as revealed in Soccer Laduma issue number 1041, the club appears to be open to selling the winger. However, having been considered a first team regular in years gone by, what has changed for the 27-year-old?

Click through the images above to see how Rakhale compares to his Orlando Pirates teammates.

Rakhale seems to have fallen out of favour and appears to be behind Thabo Qalinge, Luvuyo Memela and Thembinkosi Lorch in the pecking order for first team wingers at the club.

Lorch plays as a right-footed winger on the right wing, while Norodien is right footed and can play well on either flank, but is perhaps best when cutting in off the left flank onto his stronger foot, while the left-footed Memela is also good with either foot and can play on either flank – he is also a set-piece specialist, adding to his repertoire. Then, Thabo Qalinge is right footed and usually operates down the left flank, with Rakhale playing on the right flank as a right footer. Bernard Morrison, although naturally a winger, has taken on the role of a central striker, but offers another avenue out wide if necessary.

Effectively, Rakhale’s position has become redundant in the current Pirates setup and, considering that he’s spent so little time on the pitch this season, we address last season’s statistics, which are not flattering for the skilful winger. In the 2016/17 season, Rakhale scored no goals and provided just two assists, which, although not the worst on the team, is not a healthy return. However, he did create more chances than his counterparts, while also returning a decent passing accuracy figure. With that said, Rakhale did produce a relatively good open crossing accuracy rate of 25%. However, with dribbling considered to be one of his best attributes, Rakhale managed just 1.73 dribbles per 90 minutes last season, well behind Luvuyo Memela’s 2.96.

Memela, in fact, has quietly become one of the finest players in the Pirates team, having made five assists last season, despite playing only 911 minutes throughout the campaign. However, he failed to score after taking 20 shots last season, which is a subject of concern. He also topped Pirates’ assist charts in 2015/16, with five.

Therefore, Rakhale will either need to step up and impress his new coach if he intends on staying with the Buccaneers or otherwise he may have to consider a future elsewhere.

 

Do you think Rakhale can be a first team regular at Pirates?


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wizzo Joined: 11 Aug 2017
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wizzo Sep 27, 2017 10:21 AM
Rhakhale will be shipped.... mark my words.
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Jam*2 Sep 24, 2017 08:26 AM
Rakhale will get his chance. Look at how it happened to Qalinge. I am happy for him. Qalinge gives his all at all times... he runs until the fat lady sings... yes I miss Rakhale, but he must just work even more harder
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Mxo@khosi Sep 24, 2017 08:18 AM
Sorry ntwana kuzolunga search smaller nyana teams mfe2
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Rxk Sep 24, 2017 07:58 AM
Rakhale is better qalinge memela lorch morrison I don't know why the coach is not using him
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Dibo-style... Sep 24, 2017 05:43 AM
The day Rakhale moves from Bucs, is the day I wil stop putng Bucs in my heart, bt in my mind and put Rakhale in my heart. Mind 4got alot.
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izaak111 Sep 24, 2017 02:00 AM
he is useless mos
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SenzoMthembu Sep 24, 2017 12:19 AM
@Mifu Reloaded supported - Please remove urgently before we take you to court
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SenzoMthembu Sep 24, 2017 12:18 AM
We really need Shumi lezinsizwa Rakhale .
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MrMncubeSir Sep 23, 2017 10:28 PM
Cow cower cowest
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Glamour boys akaKhosination Sep 23, 2017 04:47 PM
Rakhale is simply overated including Sarr.
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setlaboswana Sep 23, 2017 03:06 PM
Bucs faithfools are better qualified to express an opinion on this one...
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Philamkh120 Sep 23, 2017 01:56 PM
Mmm competition inzima
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mathataabel@gmail.com Sep 23, 2017 01:46 PM
i think Thabo Rakhale can try somewhere cause at Pirates there is no space for him more middlefield at Bucs.
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nhlekoraymond Sep 23, 2017 01:32 PM
@Hakeem X at the end of a day this is business,don't take away your sight from the main core buccaneer,,Ghost namanje
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Hakeem X Sep 23, 2017 01:12 PM
why im not surprised,irvin khoza mission is to destroy the bucs culture,by selling our quality players who play our kind of football...dona,terminator,nts unda,cheeseboy,pereza,shifta,l ion king,lelo mbele,tight,ace,voom voom rip,kiddeo etc...and cow like gabuza and co are protected.
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nhlekoraymond Sep 23, 2017 01:03 PM
If he's good enough,he could have been on bafana bafana as we speak,look a Tau,no longer ago he was on mdc set up but today he's on top
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Mondli hates qhabanga Sep 23, 2017 12:22 PM
Ohhh!
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Juju F Sep 23, 2017 12:15 PM
U must be kidding me Rakhale got all the quality to compete for a starting lineup in the team,he can skill, create,score & cross so the hell do u mean infact that's nyoso
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Mifu Reloaded Sep 23, 2017 11:45 AM
This is some lame and useless post by the editor please remove it at once.
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Hector thee buccaneer Sep 23, 2017 11:29 AM
he is not delivering

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