Orlando Pirates news: Stephane Adam explains role as finishing coach


Pirates made waves upon their announcement of the appointment of a finishing coach at the start of the season, with many fans trolling the unpopular technical role.

The Buccaneers were looking to attend to their shortcomings from last season, in which their top goal scorer, who happened to be midfielder Luvuyo Memela, managed just five goals in all competitions.

Six weeks since his arrival, Adam, who is a former Lille, Amiens and Metz centre-forward in France, has provided some insight into his duties within the technical team, and says his aim is to make Pirates’ strikers “obsessed with goals”.

“As a coach for finishing, I work exclusively with the strikers and we work on situations we find in a game, developing techniques, body balance and make corrections on positioning so that we’re as efficient as possible when it comes to finishing,” Adam explained to Pirates TV.

“To me, finishing is of course the ability to take the right decision at the right time, to have the proper technique to finish actions and to score the goals, but it also has some mental aspects.

“A striker has to have an obsession for goals. It’s truly important as an offensive player to make sure you’re in a situation and position to score goals, wanting to do it even if you miss an [opportunity].

“You have to forget about [missed chances] and focus on the next one – that’s a mentality problem. So my target is to make them confident, make them get the desire to score and get that obsession, as I said.

“The more they score, the better they will be, but it’s a long-term process. I’m pretty sure there will be some improvement.”

Bucs are set to host Cape Town City, who are likely to be without coach Benni McCarthy, in an Absa Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium this evening.