Orlando Pirates first team coach Fadlu Davids has leapt to the defence of Thulani Hlatshwayo after yet another error from the experienced defender saw the Buccaneers drop three points.
There was hope that ‘Tyson’ had put his error-prone debut season for the Buccaneers behind him, following a jittery start to life at the Soweto giants after his blockbuster move last season.
However, it appears that it is more of the same for the 31-year-old who gifted Kaizer Chiefs their opening goal in the Soweto Derby, which Keagan Dolly easily dispatched on Saturday.
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But Davids has refused to put the blame on the former Bafana Bafana captain, revealing that the mistakes made by Pirates’ defenders stems from ‘thinking problems’ while he has called on the entire team to step up their performances.
“You can’t point to Hlatshwayo because we had to score, we had to be 2-0 up in the first half,” Davids told the media after the match.
“It’s been in the Royal AM match as well, miscommunication we gave them a gift, in the last match as well, Sekhukhune. So we are not really conceding shots at goal, our goalkeeper doesn’t have to make a lot of saves in matches, so we [are really] dominant when we have the ball, not allowing opponents to get into our half.
“You cannot blame one player, it is a team effort, it is a team structure. We [are] doing very well defensively but these mishaps, giving opponents silly goals is not a quality thing, it is a thinking problem where [we are] just switching off, just losing concentration. That is one thing we have to work on moving forward,” he said.