Orlando Pirates legend, Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi, has recently voiced his concerns about the club’s decision to allow Terrence Dzvukamanja to leave for SuperSport United during the off-season without what he believes to be a proper replacement.
Vilakazi has argued that the departure of Dzvukamanja has had a significant impact on the team’s recent performance, especially in terms of goal-scoring, and he suggests a solution to address this issue.
Dzvukamanja’s Departure From Orlando Pirates
Terrence Dzvukamanja’s departure from Orlando Pirates took place under controversial circumstances during the off-season.
The club subsequently brought back Zakhele Lepasa from SuperSport United in an attempt to fill the void left by Dzvukamanja.
Initially, Lepasa made a sensational start by scoring 10 goals in his first eight matches across all competitions, raising hopes among the Pirates faithful.
The Recent Goal Drought
However, Pirates has recently struggled to find the back of the net, going scoreless in their last three matches in all competitions.
The team suffered a 1-0 defeat to Jwaneng Galaxy in the CAF Champions League, followed by another 1-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in the league, and a 1-0 defeat to Stellenbosch FC in the MTN8, although they managed to advance to the final on the away goal rule.
Tso Vilakazi’s Critique
Vilakazi, a prominent figure in the history of Pirates, has criticized the club’s decision to let Dzvukamanja go, asserting that it was a poor decision.
He argues that Dzvukamanja’s contributions last season were invaluable, particularly his ability to score crucial goals, such as the winner in the Nedbank Cup final against Sekhukhune United.
He believes that Dzvukamanja was a more effective player than Lepasa.
Playing Style and Dzvukamanja’s Role
He also points out that Pirates’ playing style relies heavily on width and crosses, which suited Dzvukamanja’s abilities.
Dzvukamanja was known for being proficient with his head and had a knack for converting chances in the air.
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Vilakazi questions how many opportunities Lepasa can convert with his head and suggests that Dzvukamanja had proven he could score numerous such goals.
Kermit Erasmus as a Solution For Orlando Pirates
In light of the goal-scoring struggles and the departure of Dzvukamanja, Vilakazi proposes a solution for Pirates.
He recommends that the club starts using Kermit Erasmus, citing Erasmus’s experience as a key factor.
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Vilakazi believes that Erasmus’s wealth of experience can provide the necessary boost to Pirates, helping them overcome their recent goal-scoring challenges.