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The Cape Verdean Connection
Goals are what makes the team win. In today's football world you generally see formations such as 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 floating around - these are the standard formations most teams use these days.
In the lower leagues, however, sometimes it is necessary to go back to basics. Our form has been exceptional this season, and all with a very simple 4-4-2. Surprisingly, a two man strikeforce is almost something of a rarity these days... false nines, shadow strikers and other crazy positions have evolved over the course of the past few years.
But at Oriental this season there has been none of that. Our two Cape Verdean strikers have been the stars of the show - Figo and Balack. Both namesakes of famous European footballers (kind of), they are the closest thing we'll be replicating to one of their performances at this level.
(Ironically there is another Cape Verdean striker who shares the name of a famous footballer - he is called Platini )
This solid partnership is one of the main reasons as to why we are flying on top of the league undefeated at the moment. Figo acts as the Advanced Forward of the pair. His role is to get into good positions and score as well as create opportunities for others. He gets in behind the defensive line and either fires it home himself or lays it off to his Cape Verdean counterpart.
Balack is the Deep-Lying Forward. He is responsible for connecting the play between midfield and attack to make sure we maintain some fluidity in our attack. With no real designated playmaker in our tactic, Balack's role is vital in ensuring that we get the ball upfront. As well as this he gets forward to score his fair share of goals, too.
This partnership between these two strikers has been vital and I think they've showed enough form to keep Sebastien rooted to the bench for the entirety of the season, which is bound to cause some grumbles, unfortunately.
Balack was the one to put us in the lead against Leixões and both him and Figo have scored multiple times in the league. Usually it is either one of them on the end of eachother's through ball or nodding home Tiago Mota's cross. This connection between the two is vital to us and I hope it continues throughout the season and is able to power us home to that elusive promotion, the one that is demanded of me.