Former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates midfielder Teko Modise has expressed concern about the mentality of the current Orlando Pirates squad. In his opinion, the players do not fully appreciate the significance of wearing the jersey of the 1995 CAF Champions League winners.
Lack of Consistency
Modise believes that the problem lies with the mentality of the players, and their failure to remain consistent is a significant weakness that could scuttle their chances of success. Many of the players, according to Modise, do not realize the gravity of playing for a club like Orlando Pirates.
The Mentally and Physically Demanding Nature of Playing for a Top Club
Players often think they have time to adjust to the demands of playing for a top club, but this is not the case at Orlando Pirates. The mentally and physically demanding nature of playing for the former league champions requires players to be ready from day one. The pressure to perform at a consistently high level week in and week out is something that most players can’t handle.
Lack of Frame of Reference
Playing for smaller teams means players can afford the luxury of only playing six big games in a season, but this is not the case at big clubs like Orlando Pirates. Modise feels that many of the players at Orlando Pirates lack a frame of reference for what it means to play for such a big club, which makes it difficult for them to appreciate the history and significance of the badge they wear.
The Need for Education
Modise suggests that the club needs to do more to educate its players about what it means to play for Orlando Pirates. His criticisms of Orlando Pirates players’ mentality highlight the importance of having a strong mindset and understanding the gravity of playing for a top club.
It is essential that the players appreciate the significance of playing for such a storied organization. With hard work and dedication, the Pirates can overcome their weaknesses and strive towards greatness. Ultimately, it is up to the players and coaching staff of Orlando Pirates to take Modise’s criticisms constructively and work towards improving their performance.