Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro has sent for help for his faltering strikeforce in the form of a specialist assistant.
Orlando Pirates hire former EPL coach
Former Tottenham academy coach Scott Chickelday has been hired to work with Pirates attacking players.
His recent work includes individual training sessions with Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins, Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott and Chelsea attacker Xavier Simons.
The striking coach said that his first day on the job had been an overwhelming one but he will soon be at work improving their fortunes in front of goal.
“Wow! What a first day with Orlando Pirates. Never felt so welcomed at a club,” Chickelday said.
“Some great people within this set-up and some fantastic players. Really excited to be working within this fantastic club.”
ORLANDO PIRATES STRUGGLES SHOW IN THE STATS
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Monnapule Saleng is the leading goalscorer for Pirates across all competitions.
Orlando Pirates struggles in front of goal have been chronic and the out and out striker’s in the squad have also battled for gametime.
Pirates brought two strikers in during the extended transfer window first signing Cameroonian marksman Bienvenu Eva Nga and then seemingly deciding that wasn’t working out and bringing Kermit Erasmus back from Mamelodi Sundowns.
Orlando Pirates have now brought in veteran attacker Ndumiso Mabena, hoping he can help them crack the code. Meanwhile, Cameroonian forward Marou Souaibou also appears bound for Mayfair.
All the while, Evidence Makgopa, Zakhele Lepasa and others continue to struggle for time on the park.
CAN THEY TURN IT AROUND
Erasmus has struck up a promising partnership with Saleng, but the long FIFA World Cup break came at the wrong time for them in their quest to get into their attacking stride.
Saleng has earned his promotion due to the faltering of the club’s senior attackers.
The stat that reveals Orlando Pirates’ problems is that no player in their ranks has managed to score in more than one league match this season.
In 14 PSL matches in the 2022/23 so far, Orlando Pirates have hit the back of the net just nine times with goals coming from seven different players.
They haven’t lost in any league match when they have managed to get onto the scoresheet and remain in contention for a continental football berth.
In the first game after the restart, Kermit Eramus played as a lone striker supported by Deon Hotto, Vincent Pule and Monnapule Saleng.
Pirates struggled to get hold of the ball let alone create chances and those that they did fell to players who applied poor finishes.