Orlando Pirates fans are still worried their questions are still not answered by management in 2017 as they sent them to management in 2016. The fans are worried that their contribution to the team is not important as management are not giving them answers on very important questions that were tabled last year. Some fans are now deciding not to attend matches until their questions are answered by management. Let us look at the questions that were sent to Pirates management by fans last year below:
Orlando Pirates Football Club has been going through one of their worse season in South African football especially after being beaten by 6 goals to 1 by Supersport United and also again by 6 goals to 0 by Mamelodi Sundowns in a period of 3 months. They again lost by 4 goals to 1 against SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday evening.
Fans are now asking why Dr. Irvin Khoza is ignoring them on a plea to appoint Ruud Krol as the team’s coach as the new coach is not good enough to save the team. This means the team will have to go on without winning trophies just like their neighbours Kaizer Chiefs under Steve Komphela. The appointment of Muhsin Ertugral as Orlando Pirates coach who replaced Eric Tinkler before the start of 2016/17 season was the worst mistake ever for the Orlando Pirates team.
When Ertugral arrived he found the team that was a much better Pirates left by Eric Tinkler who joined the newly formed Cape Town City FC. The team that Eric left at Pirates was the team that had reached the finals of the CAF Confederations Cup and there was no reason to change players in the team. Muhsin could have just added a few players and not transfer any player from that team.
Players like Rooi Mahamutsa, Lehlohonolo Masalesa, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Sfiso Myeni, Daine Klate, and many more were informed they were not part of Muhsin’s team and they had to find teams to play for before the start of the season.
New players were roped in including the likes of Donald Makondelela, Thabiso Kutumela, and a few more. The new players failed to impress the technical team and some of them were loaned out to other teams and surprisingly they are currently doing well for those teams.
Fans are now crying foul at Pirates management for letting Muhsin take over as a team coach after Eric was told to go. Fans are asking why the team signed players that were not good enough to join Pirates and let leave the senior players who understood the importance of playing for the Pirates team and players who were very united as they played at the highest level of African football.
Fans are also questioning the current decision of loaning out Justice Chabalala to Chippa United while the team is struggling at the back. Justice was also surprised by the decision when it was explained to him. They youngster was doing well for the team and was one of the reasons the team did not concede a lot of goals when he was part of defense at Pirates. He even scored a goal for the team.
With Edwin Gyimah now out of the team, there is only one central defender who is fit to play, Ayanda Gcaba and most coaches at Pirates undermines his talent. He was a regular under Eric Tinkler and was also part of the Bafana Bafana setup until the arrival of Muhsin and Bradley Carnel.
Fans are also asking the moral behind the signing of Marc Van Heerden when the team has Patrick Phungwayo and Thabo Matlaba as left backs. Marc has been doing well as a left back for Chippa United but he seems lost at Pirates. Fans are asking why is Patrick not being played as he has not disappointed them as a left back for the team.