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Sebola Identifies Pirates’ Weak Point, Can They Address It?

A former Orlando Pirates striker has identified what he believes is the club's weak point, and hopes they can address it before the start of the new season. 
 
 
The Buccaneers are set to return for pre-season training this month as they look to push on from their second place finish in the Absa Premiership last term, which also earned the club a return to the CAF Champions League.  
 
Andries Sebola, who earned the tag as 'super sub' during his playing days with the Soweto giants, believes the current Pirates squad is lacking in only one department. According to him, that is in central defence. 
 
 
"I still believe that the centre-back is still an issue at Pirates, especially because they are going back to Africa in the CAF Champions League," Sebola told the Siya crew.
 
"It's not going to be easy playing in Africa, as well as competing in the domestic league and cups next season," he said.
 
"So Pirates need to reinforce the central defence position, that is where they're lacking and could get hurt next season.
 
"The goalkeeping department is fine, the striking force is fine, the midfield is fine. The only thing lacking is the defence."
 
As presented in the Siya Special in the latest edition of Soccer Laduma, issue 1080, - in stores and on sale - Pirates are believed to have made Bidvest Wits captain and defensive kingpin, Thulani Hlatshwayo, a major transfer target as they seek to clinch the Absa Premiership crown from Mamelodi Sundowns. 
 
Do you think there are other areas that Orlando Pirates need to strengthen?
 

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