Orlando Pirates notched up an impressive 2-4 win over Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon and coach Teboho Moloi bemoaned his side’s inability to capitalise after the defeat.
Despite the Chilli Boys starting well, and taking the lead, Pirates fought back. But dubious defending cost the hosts in the end and Moloi was not happy.
“The third and the fourth goals were from one man down and a lack of concentration. Andile Mbenyane was still
“being addressed. They [Pirates] showed their superiority when they have an extra player on the field. That’s how they scored the third goal,” Moloi told SuperSport after the game.
“The fourth goal was a lack of concentration at the back and they got the ball, but all-in-all I am happy. It was a good advert for South African football.
“The supporters got their money worth, even though we were on the losing side. I feel that a draw would have been a fair result of the game.
“All-in-all, the players played very well.”
Pirates striker Justin Shonga, meanwhile, admitted that the team had to work hard to earn all three points.
“We had to push each other because we knew we were not playing from home, we were playing away so we had to keep that focus.
“We were looking for that one goal and hoping we could maintain it and defend it, but we had to dig deep and push each other.
“We knew it would come if we continued to work hard and it finally paid off.”
Shonga scored two goals in Pirates win, his second effort coming from long-range, and he says it’s something he has been practising in training.
“I work on that every time we are on the attack. I just showed composure and it worked out today.”
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic, meanwhile, referred to his side as “lions”.
“First of all we played against a top team that pulled the best out of us today,” Sredojevic told SuperSport after the game.
“We didn’t have the best first half. We conceded that goal because we allowed our opponent to attack us from midfield, but we were good enough to equalise with a penalty.
“At half-time, we told the team to settle down and reset.
“In the second half, we went all out and scored that important second goal. Then against the run of play we conceded the second goal, but we showed today as a team that we have winning character.
“We attacked at the end and scored those two goals and won a game in a place where not many teams would win.
“We will now forget about this win and focus on the next game against Chiefs.
“But congratulations to the boys for following my instructions to the detail today. They have shown they are lions and deserve to carry the Pirates badge.
“But there are a lot of critical aspects that we need to improve on in the next few days before we face Chiefs.”