Cape Town - Orlando Pirates assistant coach Tebogo Moloi admits missing out on third place in the Premiership is a major blow for the Soweto giants.
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The Buccaneers produced an abject campaign in the top flight this term, highlighted by their 2-2 draw against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday, where the Sea Robbers needed to come back from two goals down to rescue a point at the Cape Town Stadium.
The news then trickled through to the Mother City that Bidvest Wits had seen off Platinum Stars 1-0, meaning the Students claimed the final CAF Confederations Cup qualifying position as they moved up to third spot.
"It was a game of two halves. We were complacent in the first half but we came back and did what we do best which is fighting back," said Moloi, whose side still have an avenue into Africa as they are still in the 2015 CAF Confed Cup.
"It has been difficult to get the team to where it needs to be, the players have been understandably distracted this season.
"For a team like ours, it's dismal not to play in Africa but credit is due to the players for coming through the thick of things."
He was also full of praise for the Urban Warriors and coach Roger De Sa, adding: "I'm happy for Ajax going into CAF. They have Roger who has been there and knows what is expected. They'll benefit from his experience."