Orlando Pirates has a lot of problems in their right-back position. In the last two games, we can see Abel Mabaso on this position. But, will he solve all problems in this position or we will see again Mthokozisi Dube on this position?
From the beginning of the season 2018/19, they have a lot of problems with this position. They are trying a lot of different options in that role. On the left side, they don’t have a problem. Innocent Maela has consistency on that side. But the right side is a problem.
In the last season, we can see five different players in this position. This information tells you a lot about this problem. Also, one of the problems is the fact that three of those players were offloaded by the club. Matlaba was released, now he is a player of Black Leopards. One player is in Cape Town City while the other one is in Chippa United on loan. Their PSL results 2018/19 are not good enough, but maybe in this season, they will make some good performance.
Is Abel Mabaso a good choice for this position?
In this season we can see three players in this position. Dube, Mbekile and most important was teenager, Thabiso Monyane. Before he played a forward but he is converted into a right-back. He was their main option for this position. Dube missed almost the whole season because of the injury, while Mbekile didn’t play on the right level for the team. On the other side young Monyane has been inconsistent, but this they can expect because he is young.
Pirates try other players on this position, in three games they try to play with Siphesihle Ndlovu. In the last two games, we can see Abel Mabaso on this position, but that was only because Dube has been suspended. Now, this suspension is over, Rulani will have a lot of problems to decide who will play on this position in the next game.
In his career, he played for many clubs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Maritzburg United, Mpumalanga Black Aces. In Chippa United he has one of the best seasons in his career. But when he came to the Pirates he had a lot of problems to play in the middle of the field. Now he will maybe become a solution for the right-back position.
It’s good to know that in the last two games he played well. Right now it’s hard to make Soccer10 predictions about him. The final decision is on the coach, but still, he proves that he wants to play.