Jerry Sikhosana: Orlando Pirates need somebody more professional to coach strikers

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Jerry Sikhosana of Orlando Pirates challenged by Patrick Mabedi of Kaizer Chiefs
Sikhosana has raised his hand to coach the strikers at his former club as they continue struggle in front of goal despite having a finishing expert

Former Orlando Pirates striker Jerry Sikhosana says he can do a better job in helping the Soweto giants solve their their goalscoring problems.

The man also known as the 'Legs of Thunder' says he expected a lot from the Soweto giants this term, but acknowledged that things are not going well for them.

“We expected a lot from the team, especially after how they finished last season and also if you look at their signings. Unfortunately, it has been disappointing start to be honest,’’ said Sikhosana as quoted by IOL.

“I think we need to get somebody more professional in terms of strikers’ coaching because I’ve seen more defenders going into striking positions while the likes of (Thamsanqa) Gabuza, (Justin) Shonga and (Augustine) Mulenga miss one-on-ones and penalties. For me, it’s still a big question. Is he (Stephane Adam) the right guy to coach the strikers?" he quizzed.

Having played three matches in the 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, Pirates managed to win one against Chippa United, lost to Bloemfontein Celtic and drew against Highlands Park.

Moreover, they also succumbed to a loss in the MTN8 Cup to SuperSport United on penalties, and the 1995 Caf Champions League winner with Pirates has raised his hand to coach the strikers.

“We’ve got quality strikers, but those strikers are firing blanks. It leaves question marks as to why the strikers are not converting when Pirates have brought in the first-ever finishing coach in the PSL? We’ve been crying about it for a while as former strikers, but now that we have one, it’s so disappointing," he added.

“I don’t want to be the striking specialist per se, but given the opportunity to be part of the team, I’d relish that," said Sikhosana.

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"I won’t say I’ll change things, but I think talking to the boys from someone who has done would make a huge difference,” he continued.

“The plus is that I’d be someone who knows what it means to wear that black and white jersey. The club is an institution. So, it needs someone with guts and courage to get the job done," concluded the Tembisa-born legend.

Up next for Milutin Sredojevic and his men is a clash against Black Leopards in the league on Tuesday night at the Peter Mokaba Stadium at 19:30.