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Bucs Need A Leal-ity Check

19 September 2011 Nyiko Nxumalo

We have just retained our MTN8 trophy, defeating our two biggest rivals in the process and have won three out of our four league games played to date but I still do not like Julio Leal.

My dislike for the Brazilian surprises me too because I was one of those who were actively campaigning for the dismissal of his predecessor Krol. I watch him every match on the touchline, clad in that white coat and find myself wishing it would turn into an orange shirt. The fact of the matter is that the man (Leal) has not done anything to change Orlando Pirates from what it was under Krol. He has just come in, organized jobs for his buddies from the World Cup 2014 host nation and enjoyed the fruit of Krol’s labour.

When the Iron Duke announced him as our new coach, he mentioned our need to return to playing attractive football as the main reason for the appointment. The irony in that is that we are now playing some of the worst, direction-less football the Ghost has ever witnessed. Not even during the days of the late Kalambay “Uefa A licence” Mutombo (May his soul rest in peace) did our game lack innovation as it does now.

To illustrate my point, the goal against Santos and Manyisa’s scorcher against Sundowns were the only goals scored that were not direct results of goalkeeping or defensive errors by the opposing team. We just simply never looked like scoring in any of our games until the opposition defence decided to be generous.

All the Buccaneers out there talking about a treble and another star in the African Champions League- I wish you all the best as I do not see it happening with Leal at the helm. The only reason he got the job was because of the two lucky weeks he had with Swallows beating both Pirates and Chiefs two games in succession. I am LEALy not impressed.

N. Nxumalo

  • Brian Bk9

    what bothers me is our plan B or lack thereof why the same team every week why not explore diffrent options with a squad of 60 players what happens when Jali/Manyisa don’t perform (please see last derby)we competing in every competition including the ACL ….whith the same team ??