Pirates’ goalscoring problems continue

They trail log leaders and fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs by a whopping 10 points, and now Orlando Pirates look set to miss out on silverware during the 2019/20 Absa Premiership campaign.

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The long break due to the coronavirus pandemic seems to have taken a huge knock on Josef Zinnbauer’s charges in front of goal.

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Pirates are currently sat in position number three behind Mamelodi Sundowns, but are now at risk of succumbing their placing to Bidvest Wits, should they continue to drop points and the Clever Boys catch up.

The Buccanners have now gone four consecutive matches without scoring, which dates as far back as February when they were beaten by Amakhosi in the Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium.

Below are the four matches where Pirates have failed to score:

0-0 vs Wits
0-0 vs Sundowns
0-0 vs Golden Arrows
0-1 vs Kaizer Chiefs

In fact, they have actually failed to find the back of the net in five matches, considering that they actually won through an own goal against relegation-threatend Black Leopards back in February.

For goalpoacher Gabadinho Mhango, the chase for the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot award has become even a daunting task now, with Chiefs striker Samir Nurkovic and Highlands Park’s Peter Shalulile having netted 13 goals a piece, and are now just one goal behind the Malawian striker.

Bucs will be hoping to return to scoring and winning form when they take on Baroka FC at Ellis Park later this afternoon.