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Pirates Happy With Misfiring Peprah Despite Slow Start

Orlando Pirates coach has commented on the performance of star striker Kwame Peprah who has struggled to acclimatize to life in the Premier Soccer League.

The 20-year-old Ghanaian striker hasn’t quite enjoyed the start to life at the Buccaneers that he would have hoped for, with no goals in eight matches.

Given that the burly striker was brought in after a season in which he scored 12 goals in 32 league games, much was expected from the player, although he hasn’t quite delivered in a Pirates jersey just yet.

Now his coach has given his thoughts on the striker’s performance for the Buccaneers in their goalless draw with Baroka FC on Thursday evening where Peprah was hauled off at half time.

“Peprah did well by getting into the positions and creating that focal point but then getting the touch or the support close to him was not really there. So bringing in [Tshegofatso] Mabasa or someone slightly more mobile to give us more options being the focal point but also sneaking in their defense line. Sometimes you need the movement in behind and we thought Mabasa brought that extra dimension to what Peprah will do, hence the sub,” Davids told the media after the game.

Despite the player’s relatively slow start to his Pirates tenure, Davids maintains that they are happy with his contribution so far.

“We are happy with his performance and his contribution so far. Yes, some opportunities that he could have done better with, but it was just a tactical change, something different that we needed and giving us the focal point that Mabasa brought,” he added.

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