Orlando TIErates and the quest for the holy grail

Six of the best.

If you’re a guy and you went to a school in the days before corporal punishment was banned (like I did) then no phrase would scare you more than this one. It meant you were about to get klapped by one of your teachers/headmaster for something you did or didn’t do.

After six straight draws in the Absa Premier League, Orlando Pirates coach Roger Da Sa must be feeling like that nervous, terrified schoolboy awaiting punishment – punishment from fans, the club owners and upper administration, and from the media. It can’t be a good time to be Pirates coach right now. Given half the chance, I reckon angry Pirates supporters would like to give Da Sa a literal six of the best in the hope that it brings wins back to their little corner of Soweto.

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The PSL log right now shows that Pirates’ league challenge is just about over. Too many points to make up in too little time. As a Chiefs fan, I’m delighted, of course.

But it raises the question: who is to blame for the derailed Pirates title chase?

Do you blame the players, who haven’t played to their potential? Or the coach for failing to get the most out of what is, in my opinion, the best and most balanced squad in the league? Or do you “blame” opposition teams for just being better on the day – and for their desire to beat the reigning champions at all cost?

Honestly, I don’t know. But what I do know is that the team and its management needs to find ways to win – and urgently.

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