Or­lando Pi­rates

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It has been a tur­bu­lent sea­son on the coach­ing front for Pi­rates, but which play­ers have man­aged to stay the course and play the most games?

Such have been the coach­ing changes at Or­lando Pi­rates that three tac­ti­cians have taken charge of the side this term in Mi­lutin ‘Mi­cho’ Sre­do­je­vic, Rhu­lani Mok­wena and now Josef Zinnbauer. It has meant plenty of adap­ta­tion to train­ing meth­ods and game-plans for the squad, and KICK OFF’s Love­more Moyo de­tails what each player has con­trib­uted un­der the trio of coaches.

Happy Jele 24 ap­pear­ances (2 goals)

Sus­pen­sions have been the rea­son why Jele hasn’t played in the three games he has missed this sea­son. As cap­tain he has been a com­mand­ing leader and has con­trib­uted two goals to the cause as well.

He was in the start­ing line-up un­der ‘Mi­cho’ Sre­do­je­vic and re­mained a vi­tal cog un­der Rhu­lani Mok­wena, fea­tur­ing in 11 out of 14 games, while un­der the Ger­many Zinnbauer gaffer he has played ev­ery minute.

The one-club man has gone about his du­ties like the ex­pe­ri­enced man that he has be­come and is al­ways the first to stand up when the go­ing gets tough.

No coach would be tempted to sac­ri­fice a man who has won it all in do­mes­tic foot­ball and played in both the CAF Cham­pi­ons League and CAF Con­fed­er­a­tions fi­nals.

Wayne Sandi­lands 23 ap­pear­ances

The veteran goal­keeper has im­proved on his first two sea­sons with the club by ris­ing to be­come the team’s first-choice this term with as­sertive dis­plays be­tween the posts. Sandi­lands played in the two games that Sre­do­je­vic over­saw and con­tin­ued as pre­ferred choice through Mok­wena’s reign, even though he sat on the bench in the three matches that Joris Delle played.

Sandi­lands has only missed four matches that Pi­rates have played this sea­son and will be en­cour­aged by the con­tri­bu­tion that he has made with nine clean sheets to his name.

Un­der Zinnbauer he has not con­ceded more than one goal in any of the 10 games that he has played, which is a huge im­prove­ment after hav­ing been beaten at least twice in all of the last three games that Mok­wena was in charge of as head coach.

This sea­son the 36-year-old has played twice un­der Sre­do­je­vic, 11 games un­der Mok­wena and 10 so far un­der Zinnbauer.

For­tune Makaringe 23 ap­pear­ances (1 goal)

Makaringe has set­tled in quickly and done the ba­sics right in cen­tral mid­field, where he of­ten must drop deep to grind in­stead of stay­ing fur­ther up the field and aid­ing with his cre­ative in­flu­ence like he did at Mar­itzburg United.

He has been dif­fi­cult to ig­nore for all three coaches, with Mok­wena us­ing him in all the games that he over­saw while he has missed just two games un­der Zinnbauer.

Gabad­inho Mhango 22 ap­pear­ances (15 goals)

The Malaw­ian for­ward has been the best per­former un­der Jozef Zinnbauer by a coun­try mile after hav­ing car­ried the goal-scor­ing torch from the day the Ger­man took over bang­ing 10 in as many games.

Prior to Zinnbauer tak­ing over, Mhango had scored five in 12 games – a clear re­flec­tion of the change of for­tunes he has had.

Un­der Mok­wena he was an un­used sub­sti­tute twice and even failed to make the match day squad in an­other two games, but then two of his goals were against Kaizer Chiefs gave which gave weight to his cause.

Mhango has shown that as long as he is shown faith he can de­liver the goods and is now in strong con­tention to fin­ish the sea­son as a top scorer, helped by the fact that he is now play­ing games from start to end reg­u­larly as well un­der Zinnbauer.

In­no­cent Maela 22 ap­pear­ances (2 goals)

Maela has been do­ing a pol­ished job at cen­tre back or left back, depend­ing on what sys­tem is used. He missed two games un­der Mok­wena in Oc­to­ber and has not been in­volved in three since Zinnabauer took over. The 27-year-old has played reg­u­larly in all his three sea­sons at Pi­rates.

Vin­cent Pule 22 ap­pear­ances (2 goals)

The livewire winger has played from start to end in all but one of the games since Zinnbauer took over, prov­ing just how much trust has been be­stowed on him.

Un­der Mok­wena he didn’t do a com­plete shift in six games. Save for the time when he was in­jured early in the sea­son, Pule has played re­gard­less of who is in charge and his goals and as­sists to­tals should be far bet­ter than they are at the mo­ment.

Two goals and three as­sists are not in­spir­ing for an of­fen­sive player like Pule.

Nt­sikelelo Nyauza 21 ap­pear­ances

He usu­ally goes about his du­ties un­no­ticed and has mostly part­nered Jele in cen­tral de­fence this sea­son.

The 30-year-old wasn’t even in the squad for the two games that Mi­cho over­saw but then fought his way back un­der Mok­wena and man­aged 11 ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing three as the skip­per when Jele was ab­sent.

Un­der Zinnbauer he has missed a sin­gle game, but has gone about his du­ties with ef­fect.

Them­binkosi Lorch 21 ap­pear­ances (3 goals)

There has been a huge drop from what Lorch did last sea­son com­pared to what he has con­trib­uted this term.

Just three goals and as many as­sists is not an im­prove­ment from the fine form he dis­played in the last cam­paign when his goals tally in all com­pe­ti­tions went into dou­ble fig­ures.

When avail­able to play he has been used and has fea­tured in the last nine games in a row, de­spite scor­ing just once un­der Zinnbauer. It has not been a good sea­son at all for Lorch.

Tshe­go­fatso Mabasa 19 ap­pear­ances (6 goals)

Mabasa was the go-to man for goals ear­lier on in the sea­son but hasn’t scored since Zinnbauer took over and dur­ing that time he has had to play from the bench in all his five ap­pear­ances.

Thrice he has been kept on the bench un­til the end and has not been in the squad on an­other three oc­ca­sions un­der the Ger­man.

Un­der Mok­wena he played in all 14 games, dur­ing which time he scored his six goals.

Ben Motshwari 18 ap­pear­ances (1 goal)

Motshwari missed a size­able amount of games dur­ing Mok­wena’s reign, when he was in­jured but came back strongly to wres­tle the cen­tral mid­field mid­fi­field po­si­tion from all other con­tenders.

Such is his re­li­a­bil­ity that when he plays you are guar­an­teed he will put in a 90-min­utes shift and has been a work­horse in the spine, miss­ing just two games un­der the Ger­man gaffer. The proof is in the pud­ding about the work that Motshwari does.

Ka­belo Dlamini 15 ap­pear­ances (2 goals)

Fif­teen ap­pear­ances have been en­cour­ag­ing for Dlamini in his first sea­son in the first team. What is a worry is that he hasn’t played 90 min­utes and has been sub­sti­tuted in all six games that he has started.

Both his goals came in the last two league games that Mok­wena took charge of and after play­ing the first two un­der Zinnbauer, he has to­talled 17 min­utes in the league since then.

Lu­vuyo Memela 15 ap­pear­ances

Memela will not be im­pressed about that he hasn’t scored so far this sea­son con­sid­er­ing that he is a winger who gets chances to find the back of the net.

He has been in­volved in all but one of the games since Zinnbauer took over after stay­ing as an un­used sub­sti­tute against Bloem­fontein Celtic at the be­gin­ning of the year.

He played a mere 16 min­utes spread over three ap­pear­ances un­der Mok­wena after be­ing in­volved in both games that Mi­cho over­saw.

Abel Mabaso 14 ap­pear­ances

The 29-year-old was out of the pic­ture un­til Oc­to­ber when Mok­wena fi­nally gave him a chance at right-back, go­ing on to fea­ture in five games.

Mabaso has an as­sured touch to the way he plays his foot­ball, which has led to him not be­ing in­volved in just three games un­der Zinnbauer, who con­tin­ued with him at right­back after tak­ing over late last year.

Paseka Mako 13 ap­pear­ances (1 goal)

The multi-func­tional left footer played eight of his games un­der Mok­wena, who used him both as a left­left-back and fur­ther up on the pitch.

Mako has gone on to play an­other five since Zinnbauer took over, man­ag­ing one goal.

Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga 13 ap­pear­ances (1 goal)

Mu­lenga’s only goal came in the open­ing match of the sea­son and since then has been given a fair amount of game time by Mok­wena, de­liv­er­ing two as­sists play­ing in the front row.

He started the first two games over­seen by Zinnbauer, but with then fell out of favour and with the team in good form it has be­come dif­fi­cult for him to get min­utes.

His game time count is at three un­der the Ger­man and he knows he needs to dig deeper to play more of­ten.

Siph­e­sihle Ndlovu 11 ap­pear­ances

The pint-sized mid­fielder has been left scratch­ing his head won­der­ing what he

needs to do to get more min­utes on the field.

Ndlovu was kept on the bench by Mi­cho and then got a run of five games in a row un­der Mok­wena, be­fore play­ing twice in the next eight games that were over­seen by the man who is now in charge of Chippa United.

He was out of the pic­ture when Zinnbauer took over but has had a run in four games since then. The con­cern re­mains that he has only played 90 min­utes twice all sea­son – not sat­is­fy­ing for a cen­tral mid­fielder who ar­rived at the be­gin­ning of the cam­paign with high hopes.

Justin Shonga 11 ap­pear­ances

Two ap­pear­ances since Zinnbauer ar­rived have left the Zam­bian a frus­trated fig­ure who has now be­come front­page news for the Sun­day tabloids for all that is said to be hap­pen­ing in his off-field life.

With­out a goal so late into the sea­son means this has been a dis­as­trous cam­paign for Shonga, who was pre­ferred by Sre­do­je­vic and played seven games un­der Mok­wena with­out scor­ing a goal. The alarm is ring­ing, and de­par­ture might be next for the 23-year-old.

Al­fred Nden­gane 11 ap­pear­ances

The 33-year-old was a rather strange sign­ing at the be­gin­ning of last year and has been an al­ter­na­tive op­tion this sea­son, as proven by that from his 11 ap­pear­ances he has only played a full shift in just five. Rather un­usual for some­one who plays as a cen­tral de­fender.

He has been used from the bench to lock the points in the cup­board and after hav­ing fea­tured in the open­ing two games he even­tu­ally fell out of favour with Mok­wena and has played just a sin­gle full game un­der Zinnbauer.

He is a hard­man who tends to be clumsy and lethar­gic in do­ing his busi­ness on the field.

Thabiso Monyane 11 ap­pear­ances

For a teenager to have man­aged 11 ap­pear­ances is en­cour­ag­ing re­gard­less of what level of first team foot­ball it is.

He has played 90 min­utes on five oc­ca­sions so there is no need for him to feel like he hasn’t done enough. Fact is that he is des­tined for bet­ter in years to come.

Linda Mn­tambo 9 ap­pear­ances (1 goal)

Into his sec­ond sea­son play­ing for the club from ‘home’ Mtambo would have wished for bet­ter for­tunes than he has had.

He was com­pletely out at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son be­fore be­ing thrown into the fray by Mok­wena un­der whom he played five games.

Un­der Zinnbauer he played in the first three and then dropped to the bench for the next three, and has had one other ap­pear­ance since then.

Xola Mlambo 7 ap­pear­ances

It is dif­fi­cult to digest just how Mlambo has played only seven games all sea­son. All those ap­pear­ances were un­der Mok­wena. Could it be for lack of ef­fort or the fact his ca­sual ap­proach is not ap­peal­ing to Zinnbauer?

Mlambo will be the first to ad­mit that he hasn’t done any­thing to be proud as he hasn’t man­aged to break into the match day squad since the Ger­many ar­rived.

Mthokozisi Dube 6 ap­pear­ances

Game time has been a bit of a bat­tle for Dube this term as he has played just twice un­der Mok­wena, while he has been on the field in four games un­der the Ger­man men­tor.

The grip that he had on the right-back po­si­tion in his first sea­son back from Bloem­fontein Celtic has been loos­en­ing.

Joris Delle 4 ap­pear­ances

The French goal­keeper ar­rived from the Nether­lands, hop­ing to take over as first choice con­sid­er­ing all the chaos that had de­fined the Pi­rates goal­keep­ing depart­ment in the last cou­ple of years.

Truth be told he has not been worth the trou­ble, con­ced­ing 11 goals in the four games that he has played this term and has jus­ti­fi­ably been glued to the bench.

He played three con­sec­u­tive games un­der Mok­wena last Septem­ber and was to blame for some of the eight goals that he con­ceded through that pe­riod.

Since Zinnbauer took over, the 29-yearold has not played in the league and in the sin­gle Ned­bank Cup match that he fea­tured in, he con­ceded three be­fore Pi­rates lost on penal­ties.

Zakhele Lepasa 3 ap­pear­ances

This hasn’t been what Lepasa was hop­ing for after his ex­ploits while on loan at TS Gal­axy last sea­son, where he scored the win­ner in the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal against Kaizer Chiefs.

He has bat­tled to break into the match day squad let alone the 18 and be­sides be­ing given 120 min­utes in the Ned­bank Cup against Bid­Vest Wits by Zinnbauer, he has only played on an­other two oc­ca­sions – both of them to­talling 21 min­utes and then sat as an un­used sub­sti­tute in an­other two games. Rather dis­ap­point­ing re­turn.

Bon­gani Sam 2 ap­pear­ances

Sam was signed at the back of the en­cour­ag­ing sea­son he had at Bloem­fontein Celtic last term, but sim­ply found game-time min­utes a bat­tle at Pi­rates.

The two ap­pear­ances that he made at left-back came un­der Zinnbauer in Jan­uary when Maela was ab­sent.

Austin Mu­wowo 2 ap­pear­ances

The Zam­bian has yet to show The Ghost what he was signed for hav­ing played just 18 min­utes split be­tween two ap­pear­ances to date, once un­der Mok­wena and then an­other un­der Zinnbauer.

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