Fadlu Davids explains Kwame Peprah substitution


Orlando Pirates co-coach Fadlu Davids has explained his decision to haul Kwame Peprah off at half-time during Thursday's draw against Baroka FC.

Pirates were made to rue missed opportunities after being held to a goalless draw by Baroka FC in their DStv Premiership clash on Thursday evening.

The Buccaneers dominated proceedings at the Soweto Stadium but were unable to break down Bakgaga's gritty defence, even after a tactical change at half-time.

With the teams deadlocked at half-time, Pirates elected to ring the changes and swapped 20-year-old Peprah out for the more experienced Tshegofatso Mabasa.

"Peprah did well in terms of getting into good positions and by creating that focal point, but then the touch or the support close to him was not really there," Davids explained after the match.

"We thought at half-time [that we needed] somebody slightly more mobile to give us both options by being the focal point [and being able to ] sneak in their defensive line. Sometimes you need that movement in behind the line also.

"We thought Mabasaa brought that extra dimension to what Peprah would do, hence the substitution, but we are happy with his performance and with his contributions so far.

"Yes, there were some opportunities that he could maybe have done better with but it was just a tactical change, something different when we need more movement and giving us that focal point, which Mabasa brought." 

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