PSL

Boa Morte 'not good enough'

2012-05-30 14:20
Augusto Palacios (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates interim coach Augusto Palacios has explained the recent sudden departure from the club of former Portugal, Arsenal and Fulham star Luis Boa Morte, insisting he simply wasn't good enough.

The 34 year-old Boa Morte joined Pirates amid much fanfare on an 18-month contract in mid-January, but left the Premiership champions little more than three months later without any clear reasons given for the sudden and unforeseen departure.

"Luis was undoubtedly a top-class player, and his record at club and international level is proof of this fact," Palacios said on Wednesday.

"But he has slowed down a little bit now and with Pirates having a particularly strong complement of midfield players, who include Andile Jali, Dane Klate, Isaac Chansa, Oupa Manyisa, Thulasizwe Mbayane and Tlou Segolela, among others, there was simply no regular first-team position available for him."

Boa Morte, who played 28 matches for Portugal and was a pivotal midfielder for Fulham for more than eight years, made only two PSL appearances for Pirates during his brief period with the club.

"I fully understand his feelings and frustration about having to sit on the bench," Palacios said.

"When you have been a player of his stature, it is not easy to be demoted in such a manner."

The Pirates coach explained why former Bafana striker Benni McCarthy, also 34, had proved a big success with the Buccaneers after joining the club for the past season.

"There is a glaring absence of goal-scoring strikers in South Africa," Palacios said.

"And although he might have lost a couple of yards in pace, we needed someone with Benni's special gift for smelling out scoring opportunities and taking advantage of them.

"It was a case of supply and demand and Benni had the ingredients we needed.

"Boa Morte, on the other hand, had qualities which we had in abundance."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Lampard set for City loan

2014-08-02 08:56

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 @
    04:00
  • SS4
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 @
    05:00
  • SS5
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 @
    05:59
  • SS7
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 @
    06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
08 August 2014
Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United, Loftus Stadium 20:00
09 August 2014
Free State Stars v Kaizer Chiefs, Charles Mopeli Stadium 15:00
University of Pretoria v Polokwane City, Tuks Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v Platinum Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Wits, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
Orlando Pirates v Moroka Swallows, Orlando Stadium 20:15
10 August 2014
Bloemfontein Celtic v Black Aces, Free State Stadium 15:00
AmaZulu v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 15:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Vote

Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their Absa Premiership title in the 2014/15 season?

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.