The Orlando Pirates dressing room may be filled with talented and skilful individuals, and fans cannot get enough of the flair they bring to their game. To turn on the style is one thing, but to have an influence when the going gets tough is another.
We ask ourselves the question then, how many of these talented footballers have the ability or character to take the game by the scruff of the neck and go onto win a losing battle almost single-handedly? Hardly any.
Looking at the names in the squad, it’s natural to think of the squad leaders to be the players to motivate the team when everything goes pear-shaped. Oupa Manyisa for one, is our captain, but seems to be lacking the charisma and arrogance needed to be a leader capable of changing the game when needed.
Other innovative players like Sifiso Myeni, Mpho Makola and Thabo Rakhale may be able to weave their way into and beyond defences, but by no means do they come across as players who could strike fear into their opponent’s minds.
Looking at examples abroad, names like Steven Gerrard, Roy Keane, John Terry and Javier Zanetti are renowned for their ability take charge of games and are perfect examples of what a charismatic captain should be.
Unfortunately though, I do feel that at Mayfair, characters like these are missing. It does not necessarily have to be the captain, but rather just a player who is not afraid to take the game to the opponents.
Having said that, do you feel that aura of leadership and character is missing in the Bucs camp?