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Modise on what would make Pirates ‘stand a chance to win the league’

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Teko Modise has given the Buccaneers a pointer on how they should improve their chances of winning the league next season.

The Sea Robbers seem to have somewhat closed the gap between themselves and Mamelodi Sundowns who have been dominating the South African football scenes for years.

Since the arrival of Jose Riveiro, Pirates have done well in the cup competitions. Under the guidance of the Spaniard coach, they have won two MTN8 trophies and a Nedbank Cup.

However, they still haven’t figured out how to catch the Brazilians when it comes to the DStv Premiership. The Tshwane giants are on course to clinch their seventh consecutive league title.

While Pirates coach Jose Riveiro recently insisted that his side has been consistent, Modise thinks otherwise. He believes the Soweto giants haven’t done well particularly when playing away.

Modise on what would make Orlando Pirates 'stand a chance to win the league'
The Buccaneers celebrating Tshegofatso Mabasa’s goal – Picture by Orlando Pirates

He feels if they could be dominant on the road as they’ve been at home, they would increase their chances to win the league.


“It’s a difficult one because everyone wants Mamelodi Sundowns to be challenged by Orlando Pirates,” said Modise.

“But looking at the gap now, Orlando Pirates should be playing for [CAF] Champions League position, not the league per se.

“But what troubles Pirates is the consistency because they play so well in cup competitions. I think they have the know-how as to how to win cup competitions.

“However, the consistency in the league becomes a problem. You look at the record they have this season on away games, it’s not convincing, it’s not a team you should be winning a league with that type of record.

“So, next season, if they can try and balance that, be as dominant as they are at home and away. I think that would chance for them to win the league.”

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