Posted: November 26, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m.
With much – good and bad – to digest the second Soweto Derby of the season, KickOff.com focuses on five key aspects drawn from Kaizer Chiefs' tie, Telkom Knockout, with Orlando Pirates.
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Poor bosses' defense
The partnership between Siyabonga Ngezana and Mario Booysen is proving to be very volatile. In their last five games together, the pair kept only two clean sheets while conceding five goals in total – including four in their two games against Orlando Pirates. In Saturday's Telkom Knockout semifinal, they looked very uncertain and had no determination to deal with the threats. On the fringes is Teenage Hadebe – the only left-back midfield player who has played only two games this season. Although he was one of the main defensive figures of last season, he does not appear to be in the plans of Giovanni Solinas, since he was left out of the team at the end of the week.
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Improved pirate finishing
The pirates seem to have hit their boots with nine goals scored in the last five games – failing to find the bottom of the net against Mamelodi Sundowns. The Buccaneers' investment in finishing coach Stephane Adam is starting to show dividends, as goals are looking like a guarantee in every game. Players like Vincent Pule, Thembinkosi Lorch, Justin Shonga and Augustine Mulenga have scored 16 goals so far this season.
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Wrong boss stars
Clashes like Khama Billiat, Leonardo Castro and Dumisani Zuma have managed two goals in the last ten games since a 4-1 win over Cape Town in mid-September. The bosses have also failed to win more than one goal in the last eight games – in fact, only five goals since winning AmaZulu 2-0 last month. His fountain of goals is also inconsistent, with names like Pule Ekstein (2), Siyabonga Ngizana, Gustavo Paez, Philani Zulu and Ramahlwe Mphahlele, all with nine goals.
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Pirates on the right track
The work of Milutin Sredojevic and his technical team is clearly noticeable – both in terms of their playability and their results. However, they are still not at their peak, with some work still to be done in regards to their fluency. His careless takeover and softening of goals are two particular areas that still need attention, but although the results are close, this is not a terrible concern.
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Heads are going nowhere
Despite four months since his arrival early in the season, Amakhosi is still not convinced with Solinas. The Italian appeared to be heading in the right direction after winning three consecutive games to win the Absa Premiership Coach of the Month award in September, but the team was lost with their performances. His style of play remains unrefined with his defensive organization in complete disorder as his threat of attack slowly deteriorated despite being of sufficient quality to overcome any team in the PSL.
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Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
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