Orlando Pirates legend Andries Sebola has called on Vladimir Vermezovic to start using twin strikers if the club’s fortunes are to change.
The Buccaneers have been experiencing mixed results since the season began. The club’s loss to Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 final earlier this month has been hard to swallow for their hard-to-please fans and going down to Chippa United in the league last weekend seems to have worsened the pain.
Many are of the belief that Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro should be used simultaneously, rather than at different spells of the game, and ‘Local Is Lekker’ seems to concur with this school of thought. He also revealed that he thought certain players should be given a fair chance rather than being relegated to a role in the stands.
“Losing to Chiefs, especially in a cup final, is always going to pose problems for the coach. Without question his tactics, I feel that he must change his players. For example, Oupa Manyisa is tired and Sifiso Myeni is no longer delivering. He must bring back Tlou Segolela, although there’s talk he might be moving to Mpumalanga Black Aces in the January transfer window. He’s in the same situation that Mandla Masango was in at Kaizer Chiefs. Masango has been given a chance to play and all of a sudden he was called up to the national team," he said.
Sebola went on, "You can’t see crosses coming from the wing and that makes it difficult for the strikers to score. Another thing I’m not happy with is the system. In South African football, teams are defensive so you need to use an attacking strategy. People say Erasmus and Majoro are similar players, but I beg to differ. Majoro is a box player, while Erasmus goes deep to collect the ball. Pirates have never played with one striker, even during our days. Why change things now? We never went two games without scoring, even if we lost."
Some are already speculating about the future of Vermezovic, with Irvin Khoza reportedly not happy with the recent results. Sebola commented, “I know Irvin. It’s embarrassing to be beaten by Chiefs in a cup final and then a week later lose to Chippa, who are coming from the National First Division. I’m sure he will give the technical team and players a wake-up call to deliver. But VV must bring guys like Khethowakhe Masuku back to the picture. Helder Pelembe... even Lucky Lekgwathi’s experience is needed. For me, Thabo Matlaba is the weakest link in defence.”
Bucs will be up against another so-called minnow in Polokwane City in the Telkom Knockout on Sunday, hoping to redeem themselves in front of their home fans at Orlando Stadium.