No need for panic says Orlando Pirates head coach

08 Jan 2019 12:50pm
REHOBOTH, 08 JAN (NAMPA) - Orlando Pirates will collect three points against coastal side Eleven Arrows on Sunday, the team’s new head coach, Lucky Kakuva has said.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Kakuva said the points are crucial to bring their league campaign back on track.
Pirates will face Arrows at Windhoek’s Sam Nujoma Stadium at 17h00.
Orlando Pirates find themselves in the relegation zone in position 15.
The team parted ways with head coach Erich Muinjo and assistant and goalkeeper coach, Heribert Kapeng on 16 December after performing poorly in the six Namibia Premier League (NPL) games they had played by then.
Kakuva will be assisted by former player Geoffrey Roman, while another former player, Michael Pienaar remains team manager.
The head coach said upon his appointment the team lacked confidence and an attitude change was needed.
“The players were demoralised, obviously from the position they found themselves in. Our mission is simple - to collect at least nine points from our next four matches, starting with Eleven Arrows this coming weekend which will bring back the players’ confidence,” Kakuva said.
He said there is “no need to press the panic button yet” as it is still early days.
“Our fans’ support is crucial if we are to turn around our fortunes and with them rallying behind the team, we will be capable of bringing glory days back,” he said.
Kakuva further noted that the team needs reinforcements, but did not say for which positions.
“We have approached some players, but we know it won’t be easy to get players during this coming window,” he said.
Meanwhile Okahandja United coach, Woody Jacobs, told this news agency on Tuesday the team is physically and mentally ready for their clash against Tura Magic in Windhoek on Friday.
“We did not have much of a break as we were involved in the Christmas Cup in Swakopmund where we allowed our fringe players to get game time and returned to training three days after Christmas,” he said.
Jacobs said in the league matches they have played so far they lost due to their own mistakes.
“But we have rectified and we are raring to go.”
He said the team is still a work in progress and needs to be resolute in its approach.
“We have key players returning from injury and we will go for a win against Tura Magic. Obviously they have been consistent and will go in as favourites, but we are ready to get a positive result,” Jacobs said.
Okahandja United sits in position 14 on the 16 team log.
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