Davids Unveils The Changes That Brought Pirates Success
Fadlu Davids, the head coach of Maritzburg United, has acknowledged that Orlando Pirates has undergone significant changes this season. Despite a 2-1 defeat against his former club, Davids believes that the match provided his team with the confidence to face future challenges.
In an interview with iDiski Times, Davids was asked whether his previous experience at Pirates helped in his preparations to face them. He responded by stating that while he could share some insights, the team’s playing personnel has changed significantly, and they haven’t been involved in continental football this season.
Davids noted that the Pirates team is different tactically this season, having signed 12 new players. As a result, on most occasions, six or seven new players were on the pitch who were not present last season.
Maritzburg United’s head coach, Fadlu Davids, has acknowledged that there have been significant changes in the Orlando Pirates squad this season. Davids’ team recently suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Buccaneers in an entertaining DStv Premiership match, but he believes the experience will give his side confidence going forward.
When asked if his prior experience at Pirates helped in preparing for the match, Davids noted that the playing personnel has changed significantly, with the team signing 13 players and letting go of more than 20 others. He also acknowledged that the club’s focus has shifted to domestic competitions, with no CAF commitments this season.
Despite the loss, Davids remains committed to rebuilding Maritzburg United into one of the most exciting teams in South African football. He is aiming to secure their top-flight status while rebuilding the squad. Despite his best efforts to prepare his team for the Pirates match, a late first-half goal from Monnapule Saleng disrupted his plans.
“The team was well-prepared, we had knowledge of the stadium, the fans, and the opposition. Going into halftime, it was evident that the players executed the tactical plan well, despite conceding a goal. If we had kept the scoreline at 0-0, we could have put pressure on Pirates and their fans.”
“The players showed bravery and fought hard against a quality side like Orlando Pirates. I am proud of them and we will take the positives from this game into our next match against SuperSport on Friday,” Davids said.