COMMENT: Orlando Pirates' 2019 New Year's resolutions

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Goal takes a look at what should be Bucs' new year's resolutions ahead of the 2018/19 season resumption

As we enter the new year, resolutions are beginning to be drawn up across the Premier Soccer League (PSL) by clubs, players and coaches.

Last year was about restoration for PSL giants Orlando Pirates, who reasserted themselves one of the top teams in the country under their Serbian coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic.

The Buccaneers mounted a serious challenge for the 2017/18 PSL title and eventually finished second behind Mamelodi Sundowns in an enthralling race for the coveted trophy.

Micho then led the team to the 2018 Telkom Knockout Cup final where they were unfortunate to lose to a resilient Baroka FC side in Port Elizabeth.

Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, December 2018

Pirates licked their wounds and turned their focus to the league, and they finished the year in second spot on the league table - three points behind log leaders Bidvest Wits which is a good position heading into the second round.

Before wrapping up the year, Pirates secured qualification to the 2018/19 Caf Champions League group stage - keeping the club's hopes of clinching a second continental title alive.

The Soweto giants have to keep the momentum of 2018 going well into the new year by remaining consistent in their bid to end their five-year trophy drought.

They remain trophyless since their Nedbank Cup triumph in 2014 and winning a trophy in 2019 should be amongst Bucs' top three new year's resolutions.

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Micho has built a formidable team that it is capable of winning trophies and it is now time for him and his accomplished assistant Rulani Mokwena to deliver.

The two tacticians have had enough to install their philosophy while building and breeding a winning mentality amongst the team.
 
Another important new year's resolution will be to keep the club's best players in order for the Buccaneers to remain perennial title contenders.

Since winning the Nedbank Cup, Bucs have failed to keep hold of their best players such as Kermit Erasmus, Oupa Manyisa, Tendai Ndoro and others who left the club having established themselves as key players.

Their departures derailed the team and it became difficult for Pirates to keep up with teams such as Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits, who have dominated local football in the last few seasons.

Orlando Pirates team, Augsut 2018

If the club feels that it the right time to sell key personnel, identifying and bringing in the best players should also be at the top of their new year's resolution for 2019.

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By doing so, Pirates would be able to sustain the team's growth like Sundowns, as the reigning PSL champions have set a standard when it comes to signing the best players.

Spending big on recruitment definitely improves any squad hence Sundowns have been able to remain serial winners.

There is no doubt that Bucs will have a successful year if they commit to the abovementioned resolutions.

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