Moeti: Orlando Pirates' problems lie deeper than team's form and squad

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Moeti tells Goal that it was not a must for the Buccaneers to strengthen their squad after enduring a difficult run before the mid-season break

Orlando Pirates legend John Moeti has indicated that problem behind the scenes at his former side have affected the team's performance not lack of quality in the squad.

Following a disappointing end to the 2016 with two straight defeats in the PSL, Pirates decided to beef up their squad during the recent January Transfer Window.

The Buccaneers signed Chippa United defenders Marc Van Heerden and James Okwuosa as well as SuperSport United attacker Dove Wome.

"Well, for me, there's no problem with the Pirates squad. I believe that there are off the field issues that have hampered the team's performance," Moeti told Goal.

"The two defeats at the end of last year just before the mid-season break proved that there's something wrong in the team," he continued.

Bucs caretaker coach Augusto Palacios slammed his players for their lack of discipline and attitude following the two defeats to Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic.

"I totally agree with coach Palacios when he said the players are not ready to die for the team. They are lacking the hunger and confidence," Moeti added.

"The management need to find a way to solve this and once this has been sorted out, they can start doing well again as a team and compete for trophies again," he stressed.

"As for the new players, the club would not have signed them in the first place if they were not good enough to play for a big club like Pirates," he indicated.

"I also believe that they are good acquisitions. They will be important to the team," Moeti concluded.

Tenth-placed Bucs are scheduled to face Platinum Stars in a PSL clash at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on February 8.

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