Khoza should walk Bucs’ plank

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Nng­wedzeni David Mu­laudzi

IT IS HEART-REND­ING to wit­ness the im­plo­sion at Or­lando Pi­rates, one of the old­est PSL clubs, fol­low­ing Moroka Swal­lows. Some of us saw it com­ing.

On sev­eral oc­ca­sions we tried to sug­gest pos­si­ble solutions to cir­cum­vent the down­ward spi­ral. Un­for­tu­nately, all these fell on deaf ears.The club’s mis­ery started with the un­ex­plained sack­ing of Ruud Krol, the most suc­cess­ful Pi­rates coach in the his­tory of the PSL. From there on, trou­bles started and the team went astray. The in­ept Roger de Sa was roped in as coach. This de­ci­sion was taken not­with­stand­ing his lack­lus­tre per­for­mance at Bid­vest-Wits.

All the sil­ver­ware that Pi­rates an­nexed with the able Krol dis­ap­peared like mist in the sum­mer sun. The guy even­tu­ally jumped ship.

Then the medi­ocre Kaizer Chiefs’ erst­while coach, Vladimir Ver­me­zovic, was em­ployed. He, like oth­ers, fell by the way­side. The de­ci­sion to em­ploy him while he failed dis­mally at Kaizer Chiefs still as­ton­ishes. All along, Eric Tin­kler had been the pas­sive yet eru­dite un­der­study to all these guys. He was even­tu­ally en­trusted with stew­ard­ship of the club and he did rel­a­tively well un­der the cir­cum­stances.

Then he was swopped for the tem­per­a­men­tal, again erst­while Kaizer Chiefs men­tor, Muhsin Er­tu­gral. The deal saw Tin­kler join the newly as­sem­bled Cape Town out­fit and against all odds he did mag­nif­i­cently. Still, he could not sat­isfy the hard-to-please Pi­rates man­age­ment.

The trou­bles deep­ened. Muhsin could not be­lieve his eyes when Pi­rates suf­fered the most hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat in the his­tory of the PSL at the hands of Su­per­Sport United at Mbombela sta­dium. He couldn’t take it and re­signed on the spot.

The ever ami­able Pala­cious was there to res­cue the sit­u­a­tion. But the Peru­vian stal­wart had to be re­lieved of his du­ties to save him from life-threat­en­ing and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing health con­di­tions sparked by a poor run at the helm.

In came the lit­tle-known Scan­di­na­vian, Kjel Jonevret. Swe­den is rel­a­tively un­known when it comes to soccer . They rarely make it to Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships. Is this an ap­pro­pri­ate des­ti­na­tion in the search for coaches?

Who knows? Mr Khoza might have had an ace up his sleeve. But the Scan­di­na­vian had no an­swers to the ma­raud­ing Su­per­Sport for­wards in the fi­nal of the Ned­bank cup, where the Pre­to­ria team fur­ther an­ni­hi­lated the hap­less Pi­rates team.

The de­ci­sion to ap­point the lit­tle­known Scan­di­na­vian was made against a back­drop of ca­pa­ble lo­cal coaches who were en­thu­si­as­ti­cally wait­ing to fill the hottest coach­ing seat in the coun­try.

The cri­te­ria used by Mr Khoza in the re­cruit­ment of coaches leaves much to be de­sired. In my opin­ion that is the rea­son why the team is where it is to­day.

Through this ap­point­ment may­hem, the struc­ture of the team was dis­man­tled and the team lost shape.

There are play­ers who are re­cruited and never used. They end up join­ing other teams and per­form very well.

That does not au­gur well. Mr Khoza should pri­ori­tise Pi­rates oth­er­wise he should per­ma­nently del­e­gate the func­tion to a full-time man­ager.

The struc­ture of the team was dis­man­tled, the team lost shape

Tshisahulu, Lim­popo

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