The coach who won the PSL title in 2011/12 tells Goal that a talented player can contribute to the success of the Sweeto Giants.
Augusto Palsius, former director of the Orlando Pirates Academy, has failed to understand why one of his products, Thabiso Moniane, has struggled for playing time under coach Joseph Zinbaur.
The 21-year-old striker started just one match in the PSL during the recent 2020/21 season, with Zanbaur selecting experienced and seasoned players.
After coaching Moniana at the Pirates’ Development Academy, Polisius, 69, feels that the talented player has been deprived of opportunities for growth and improvement under German tactics.
“All players need to have the opportunity to play permanently. If a player doesn’t get a chance, it means he won’t be able to demonstrate his abilities.” the aim.
“You give a young player a chance, another chance and then you decide against playing it. The player is frustrated and has potential.
“Especially Thabeso, he lost his place in the Olympic squad because he was dropped from the Pirates. I don’t know why, I don’t know what the coach is. [Zinnbauer] I was doing.”
Moniane, an experienced player and a youth international, was not included in the recent South African national under-23 team that faced his Egyptian counterparts in two international friendly games earlier this month.
The former Augusto Palacios Apprentice Academy player helped South Africa win two Cosafa Under-20 Championship titles and also represented his country in the finals of the 2015 Kiev Kiev Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2019 FIFA World Cup.
According to Policyus, Monion has a regular line-up of pirates coming through the Sweeto Giants’ youth system.
“I believe that Thabeso can play a key role in the success of the Pirates. He has played in the youth sub-structure. He has played for the U-17 and U-19 youth teams. [at Pirates]”It simply came to our notice then.
“He has played in the Motorscape Schools Cup, Multi Choice Disc Challenge and has since been promoted to the first team.
“It’s not just about Thabiso, it’s about any young player, because you don’t want to develop a player to keep him on the bench or out of the matchday squad,” he added.
“In that case, his promotion to the first team doesn’t make sense.”
Zanbauer has used Moniane primarily as a left-hander, and Bafana Bafana and Kaiser Chiefs coach Pali پالius believe the young man is being played out of position.
The Peruvian-born strategist said: “His positions are right-handed and striker. These are the positions I know he can play. These are the places I have trained him.” This strategy, born in Peru, came to fruition.
Moniane’s PSL career was started by coach Milton ‘Miko’ Sriojevich against Bloemfontein Celtic in August 2019 and he had 18 appearances in the league in the 2019/20 season.