Mark Fish: It is time for Orlando Pirates to win major trophies again

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The 44-year-old urged the Buccaneers to win a major trophy in order to reward their patient fans

Legendary Orlando Pirates defender Mark Fish has backed the club's decision to appoint a finishing coach.

The retired defender praised Bucs for bringing in French finishing expert Stephane Adam, who joined the club's technical team as a finishing coach.

“Let’s hope what they’re trying to achieve works for them. Yes, they have signed players and we know they are going to play in Africa," Fish told The Citizen.

"We know Pirates like to compete in Africa – they are not going there just to make up the numbers,” he continued.

The former South Africa international stated that it is time for the Buccaneers to end their four-year trophy drought.

“They have gone a couple of seasons without a trophy and I think Pirates fans were patient last season and now it is up to the players to go one step further,” Fish added.

“It looks like Pirates are doing the right thing by hiring a strikers’ coach and I think that should be done by all the clubs," he explained. 

"At the end of the day we can improve the strikers but we can’t teach anyone how to score goals, it is a natural talent," he concluded. 

According to the publication, Fish backed Mamelodi Sundowns to retain the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title.

The Brazilians began the new 2018/19 PSL season with a 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium over the weekend.

Fish's former side, Pirates also drew 1-1 in their first game of the campaign which was against Highlands Park at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

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Fish reportedly tipped Cape Town City and SuperSport United to win the MTN8 Cup and Nedbank Cup respectively.

City reached last season's MTN8 final which they lost to SuperSport in an enthralling encounter, while the latter have won two of the last three Nedbank Cup tournaments.

The former Charlton Athletic player is also said to have backed Pirates to snatch the 2018 Telkom Knockout Cup. 

Bucs won the 2011 Telkom Knockout after defeating Bidvest Wits in a memorable final.