John Tlale: Orlando Pirates capitalised on Kaizer Chiefs defensive errors

John Tlale
The ex-Roses United coach heaped praise on Sredojevic and Mokwena for the amount of work they put in the build up to their win over Amakhosi

Former Orlando Pirates  goalkeeper John Tlale says the Soweto giants capitalised on Kaizer Chiefs ' weaknesses on Saturday during the Soweto Derby as they bagged a 2-1 win.

The retired legend believes the Buccaneers prepared well for the match and they used the spaces behind right-back Ramahlwe Mphahlele and left-back Godfrey Walusimbi, who both enjoy making runs down the flanks.

“I think they managed to take their chances to score twice, but I also believe they missed a lot of chances. It was a pacey game and they kept Chiefs on the back foot,” Tlale told Goal.

Tlale said the fact that Mphahlele and Walusimbi are always looking to overlap and deliver crosses for their teammates left the Amakhosi defence vulnerable at times. 

“They studied the game and they took advantage of Rama (Mphahlele) and Walusimbi, who are always on the overlap. They used the pace very well to exploit the spaces,” he explained.

“(Augustine) Mulenga and (Justin) Shonga made some good runs into the space on the right and left. So, those runs gave them the advantage. After conceding an early goal, they knew they had a chance to bounce back because they capitalised on Chiefs' weaknesses, but they should've scored more goals,” he noted.

Speaking of the coaches in Milutin Sredojevic and Rulani Mokwena, the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper heaped praise on the duo, saying they were tactically sound on the day.

The two astute tacticians managed to lead the 1995 African champions to their second successive Soweto Derby win since taking over at Pirates last season.

“I think they are both tactically sound. They look after their players very well and the players will definitely deliver in that environment,” continued the legend.

“They rallied behind their players ahead of the match and that really motivated the guys. That made them tick and believe in their abilities,” he responded.

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“Rulani spoke during the week and the players were morally boosted ahead of the big game, but I can't really comment on what he said about Chiefs and Steve Komphela,” added Tlale.

“It remains his opinion and he is entitled to have his own, but I can tell you that Steve is a great coach; disciplined and capable of building a great team anywhere,” he reflected.

“For Pirates, they must not just lift their game against the likes of Chiefs, but against any other opponent. They must not underestimate AmaZulu in the Telkom Knockout Cup. Complacency doesn't work in football,” concluded Tlale.