JOHANNESBURG – When will ‘finishing specialist’ Stephane Adam finally earn his paycheck at Orlando Pirates? That was the question on the lips of many Buccaneers supporters as they watched their team squander chances here on Wednesday night in their Absa Premiership clash against Bidvest Wits.
Frenchman Adam was appointed to work on the club’s end product in the final third at the beginning of this month, but so far his contribution is yet to be evident.
Of course ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ as the old adage goes, but football supporters are an impatient and fickle bunch.
What has added to their frustration has been the hype around this Pirates team, which finished runners-up in the championship race last season.
Expectations, with the beefing of the technical team – Adam among the list of new arrivals – is at an all-time high. The Buccaneers have not won a trophy in four years.
The talking had to come to an end after what looked to be a solid pre-season and necessary reinforcements in the playing personnel were made.
However, their opening game was an anticlimax as Pirates were held to a 1-1 draw by newly promoted side Highlands Park at this very stadium. The visitors’ goal came courtesy of goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands, who, in an attempt to adapt to the modern way of goalies using their feet from time to time, guided the ball into his own net and put Pirates on the backfoot to have to come from behind.
And when they did, it was through a penalty kick – not a lot of finishing work required there unfortunately.