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The former Orlando Pirates full-back says he failed because he couldn’t attack

former Orlando Pirates number three Lizo Mjempu has shown that the club expected far too much when they were able to deliver.

ORLANDO PIRATES DEMAND FULL BACKS TO ATTACK

The Buccaneers have always been a clearly attacking team with flying full-backs, but somehow Mjempu’s story still feels like a surprise.

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After an exciting move from Ajax Cape Town to the Orlando Pirates, Mjempu eventually benched before finally moving on.

So what was the reason for the failure?

According to Mjempu, foreign coaching at Ajax shaped him into an ultra-defensive full-back, a condition that would later stand in the way of his success with the Orlando Pirates.

“The influence of foreign coaches coming to PSL as coaches has had a huge impact on our football and we are finding it difficult to go back to our culture and identity.

“These coaches expect all of our players to mark the ball and win, although that doesn’t happen in international football where you don’t see guys like Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar,” Mjempu said via Soccer Laduma.

“I mean you can’t expect a player like Mark Mayambela to run around the field trying to capture the ball from opponents because that’s not what he’s good at.

“As a full-back, as Lizo Mjempu, I should be able to cover and tag him if he loses the ball when we’re trying to attack as a team. That’s been my role throughout my career and I’ve covered for (Khama) Billiat, (Thulani) Serero and many other guys I’ve played with at Ajax Cape Town.

“That’s why I fought at Pirates because they wanted me to join the team in attack and I’m not an offensive player.

“But I understand that football has evolved, but we get confused sometimes because full-backs need to attack in the same way as attackers, although I think a full-back’s priority should be on defence,” he concluded.

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BUCS MIDFIELDS REMAIN DESPITE BANK ROLL

In other news, Orlando Pirates midfield player Linda Mntambo He is expected to remain at the club despite struggling to earn a starting spot.

pirates fans who love Mntambo should enjoy this report. The club is believed to be motivated to keep Mntambo in Soweto.

After only 10 appearances this season and with his contract expiring in June, it’s easy to imagine Mntambo moving to a new address next season. read this whole story here.

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The former Orlando Pirates full-back says he failed because he couldn’t attack

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