It is taking this Orlando Pirates, with their army of boffins on the bench and arsenal on the field, some time to find their stride in the Absa Premiership, as on Wednesday night they sagged to a 1-0 defeat against Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium. There was a touch of fortune for Wits, and lack of it for Pirates, in Gladwin Shitolo deflecting in substitute Haashim Domingo’s low cross for an own goal in the 80th. But Pirates also had not been able to hit top gear against the nuggety Clever Boys. Wits were rewarded ultimately for commitment to a disciplined, structured performance and persistence eyeing out a chance to sneak a winner. Trophy-hungry Bucs suffered a second defeat in succession following Saturday’s penalties MTN8 loss against SuperSport United at Orlando. Coach Milutin Sredojevic — looking for a system that could unlock Wits’ big, brutal back four — opted for a 4-3-3. Musa Nyatama returned as one of three midfielders with Xola Mlambo and Ben Motshwari. Augustine Mulenga,...

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