The Buccaneers have had a number of hard-tackling and composed central defenders over the years. Today, Supporters Club takes a look at the central defenders who have played a role in Orlando Pirates' success, and we would like you to suggest your best Bucs central defensive combination!
Mamelodi Sundowns star Khama Billiat has a year left on his contract with the Chloorkop side, and is reportedly happy to extend his stay, but would like his buyout clause (currently €2.5 million – about R35.8 million) to be decreased to keep his options open.
Many football experts say the strikers win a team games, but defence wins a team championships. Kaizer Chiefs once, for two seasons in a row (in 2003/04 and 2004/05), conceded less than 15 goals the whole campaign. That is a sign of a team with a good and solid defence.
Many football experts will tell you that strikers win you games, but defenders win you titles, and this has been evident in Mamelodi Sundowns' success in the PSL era, in terms of league titles won – the Brazilians have won seven league titles since the start of the PSL era in the 1996/97 season.
Since the start of the PSL era in the 1996/7 season, we've seen great midfielders playing alongside one another in the Kaizer Chiefs engine room. It has always been Amakhosi's strongest weapon over the years. It was always there where they won games, with magic and creativity.
These days, there is more to being a midfielder than in the past, when a defensive or central midfielder's job was to protect the back four and pass the ball on to the attackers. Today, they are the brains behind the team, being able to read the game and form combination play, and Orlando Pirates have had some terrific combinations in the centre of the park.
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