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Forget Manyisa- Pirates Need A Defensive Intervention!

When the season concludes at the end of May, the transfer window focus will primarily shift on whether or not Oupa Manyisa will stay at the club… However, I say forget about him and let’s focus on getting defenders! 

If last night’s 3-3 display against Platinum Stars is anything to go by, then it should be evident that Dr Irvin Khoza’s primary task is to bring in new defenders.

Tshepo Gumede was brought in to add stability and he does relatively well, but the whole backline alongside Brighton Mhlongo often looks out of sorts. 

Siyabonga Sangweni’s injury on the eve of the game may have impacted the stability of last night’s defence, but the truth of the matter is that the back four has been unconvincing all season long.

With 23 goals conceded in 25 games, Pirates are the highest conceding team out of the top six clubs ranked on the table.

On top of that, the likes of Sangweni, Rooi Mahamutsa and Lucky Lekgwathi are all on the wrong side of 30. How long can they be relied on to feature week in and week out?

If Pirates have true intentions of competing for the PSL title and the CAF Confederation Cup, they need to fix their defence and goalkeeping unit.

Fellow Bucs, do you agree with this?


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