Absa Premiership

Rulani takes responsibility for Buccaneers defensive woes

2019-09-30 10:42
Rulani Mokwena
Rulani Mokwena (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates interim coach Rulani Mokwena said he and his technical team need to take responsibility for the Buccaneers' poor run of form.

Following their 3-3 draw with Cape Town City on Saturday, the Soweto giants are 10th place in the Absa Premiership having only picked up two wins in seven matches.

Pirates have also been eliminated from the CAF Champions League and MTN8 since Mokwena took charge of the side after Milutin Sredojevic quit the club earlier in the season.

The Buccaneers have not found a formula to solve what has been very a leaky defence as they have conceded 12 goals in their seven league matches.

Mokwena is refusing to give the players all of the blame and said he and his coaching staff need to work on the team's structure.

"I have an absolute belief and confidence in the squad and the team," Mokwena said.

"We've got to do more from our side, technically, to support them because if you look at some of the goals that we concede, you also have to look at our organisational forms and maybe when we were playing too many draws nil, nil ... 1-1, we put a lot more focus on the offensive scheme and offensive patterns."

Pirates' next fixture is only after the next international break when they take on Stellenbosch FC on 26 October.

- TeamTalk

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