Orlando Pirates are at risk of finishing the 2019/20 campaign with their worst defensive record in three seasons.
Since the arrival of the club’s former head coach Milutin Sredojevic and Rhulani Mokwena at the Buccaneers for the beginning of the 2017/18 season, there has been improvement in Pirates’ defence in their Absa Premiership campaign.
From having finished the 2016/17 season outside the top eight (11th) for the first time in the PSL era, with the team having conceded a whopping 40 goals in the process, improvement has been there for everyone to see in the last two seasons under Sredojevic and Mokwena.
In the 2017/18 season, Bucs conceded 26 goals as they finished in 2nd place on the log, while last season there was further improvement, with the team conceding two goals lesser (24) and finished in 2nd place again.
Champions Mamelodi Sundowns also conceded only 24 goals, which was the best defensive record in the league, on their way to the title.
So far this season, Pirates have already conceded 12 goals – the second highest number by any team – after only seven matches.
That’s 12 goals away from equalling their tally of last season.
However, Mokwena and the team might look into their Telkom Knockout match against Stellenbosch FC, where the team didn’t concede, as something to build on.
The Soweto giants conceded eight goals in their last three league matches.