Did the Orlando Pirates’ latest strike partnership miss?

The combination of Kwame Peprah and Kabelo Dlamini up front for Orlando Pirates in recent weeks seems uninspired.

Both players were also retired last time they started together, two games against Sekhukhune United, as well as three games ago – against Al Ittihad.

In short, there is no indication that there is any chemistry between the pair.

Kabelo Dlamini Orlando Pirates Ghazi Ayadi Al Ittihad

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Individually, neither man seems to be in top form right now either. After a successful spell just before Christmas, Peprah has scored just twice in 16 outings and is currently on an eight-game goal drought.

Maybe it’s time to give someone like Zakhele Lepasa a chance. Yes, he is coming back from injury, but maybe he could play the first 60-70 minutes. His cunning and pace would offer something different.

There are, of course, also options such as Tshegofatso Mabasa and Gabadinho Mhango, who should probably be Bucs’ first-choice strike partnership, but who, for various reasons, get hardly any playing time.

Dlamini has scored three goals in his last 10 appearances but the 25-year-old still lacks consistency in his game and is probably better suited to play as a traditional winger.

If the Pirates coaches plan to get a little more adventurous at home for the second leg against Simba, it might be time to release Thembinkosi Lorch. He remained on the bench on Sunday.

Lorch is another whose production has fallen far short of expectations, but is still a player who can turn the tide and win the game.

At this critical juncture in the season, the time may well be right for former Bafana Bafana star Lorch to lead the Bucs’ run into the Confederation Cup knockout stages.

Sunday’s game against Simba was close and decided only by a controversial penalty. It does, however, feel like the game would have been there for the taking had Pirates been a bit more adventurous; let’s hope they adopt a more incisive attitude for the second leg in a week in Soweto.

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