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“Is Pirates’ Squad The Worst Ever?” – Reader’s Voice

In last decade, Orlando Pirates had ups and downs with coaches coming in and out, but what is happening now has never happened before.

The Buccaneers experienced their longest draught when they went seven years without winning a single league trophy, when they failed to win a cup from 2003 up to 2011.

They played beautiful football and were just unlucky in 2005/06, where they lost the league in the final five games, after leading by ten points.

The Kosta Papic Pirates side was filled with inexperience players such as Gift Leremi, Perry Mutapa, Lebo Mokoena, Patrick Thwala, Isaac Chansa, Tso Vilakazi and Phumudzo Manenzhe. These were the most exciting players in the league, but experience was needed when wheels come off, just before Bucs reached the title.

Luck was to blame again in Ruud Krol's first season in 2008/09, where he lost the title in last minutes of the last game, where he depended on Santos to beat SSU. But a draw was enough for Gavin Hunt's side to claim the championship.

However, Pirates now change coaches like underwear, but with no improvement in terms of performances. So, one has to ask whether the current squad simply isn’t good enough and that it will take more than a coaching change to fix whatever’s wrong.

*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.

 

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