Orlando Pirates began the season as serious title contenders, but the results early on have suggested anything but.

The Buccaneers won their first match, but things went haywire almost immediately with three defeats and as many draws in their last six matches across competitions.

The upcoming weekend sees them return to action, and they will have done some soul searching during the recent Fifa international break.

Pirates seek turn around of fortunes

According to newly-signed midfielder Fortune Makaringe, the club is on the mission to bring smiles back to the faces of their supporters, dubbed “the Happy People”.

“I knew very well [when] coming here that to play for Orlando Pirates comes with a lot of expectations. There are too may Buccaneers around the continent that follow this team and always look to us to give good results,” said Makaringe in a video posted by the club.

“So, knowing very well that the guys have done very well [in the past], we’re still going to do well; the performances have been coming, we’ve just been unfortunate.

“So, that is a positive for us, and it’s something that we need to take into account in order to push ourselves and to give good results.

“The team has been going through a very difficult phase, and that has been very tough, but every team goes through such phases, and it’s something we have to endure and work on.

“The Buccaneers are still going to be happy; The Buccaneers are meant to be happy, so we’re still going to go as far as making sure that we give good results to finish right there on top.”

Fortune Makaringe

The poor run of form sees Orlando Pirates in unfamiliar territory, as they occupy a spot in the bottom half of the table in tenth place, with just five points in their four league matches.

They return to action on Saturday, with a clash against Chippa United at Orlando Stadium.

Kick off is at 15:00.

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