Cape Town - Orlando Pirates assistant coach Tebogo Moloi
insists third place is still something to feel proud of, especially considering
the hardships the club have been through this season.
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The Buccaneers head into the final day of the season with
their continental fate in their own hands.
The Soweto giants are occupying the final CAF Confederations
Cup-qualifying position, ahead of Bidvest Wits on goal difference, following
Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Maritzburg United.
And while the Sea Robbers will finish the domestic campaign
empty handed, Moloi believes the departure of head coach Vladimir Vermezovic
and death of goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, amongst other things, severely distracted
all involved at the Orlando Stadium, but he has credited the club for finding a
Taking over post-match duties from coach Eric Tinkler, who
was shown a red card for dissent, Moloi said: "I'm not totally
disappointed as you know that we have been going through a difficult period,
especially after losing 'VV' [Vermezovic] and losing Senzo Meyiwa and losing
Lucky [Lekgwathi through injury] and there has been injuries there.
"There has also been a backlog of fixtures as we are
going to Africa and coming back and playing two games in the space of five days
and things have been very difficult for us.
"The boys have managed to work very hard to get this
third position that we are in."