An Orlando Pirated playmaker has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. Over the years, legends like Steve Lekoelea, Benedict Vilakazi, and Joseph Makhanya all revolutionised the role of what a number 10 should be. In modern times, Bucs have names like Oupa Manyisa and Mpho Makola to choose from in that position.
However, with Makola being preferred in the more advanced role just behind the striker, does he prove that he is an authentic Bucs playmaker week in and week out?
I have to say that I doubt it very much. Yes, technically Makola is a brilliant player and has the tricks and flicks needed to unlock defences, but in all honesty, he looks a player who is just a luxury in the team at present.
It seems that the club does everything to accommodate Makola in the starting XI. This is evident that when Manyisa is utilised in an advanced number 10 role, as Makola is shifted out wide to a left winger’s role. This means Makola is often read very easily, as he naturally cuts in to try and create chances on the edge of the box, leaving the flank exposed.
When played behind the striker, he does well to link up with the main man upfront, but we are yet to see Makola outshine everyone on the pitch and really stamp his name on the current Bucs outfit as their main number 10.
This could be down to the fact that he may not have the X-factor of the Chippa’s, Makhanya’s and Vilakazi’s of yesteryear. That’s not to say Makola is a bad player, nonetheless… he still lacks that aura of a player which would make him different from the rest.
Having said that, can Makola be regarded as an authentic Bucs playmaker?