Orlando Pirates head coach Muhsin Ertugral has insisted that the recent
international break has helped under fire goalkeeper Felipe Ovono to pick up
his confidence between the sticks.
Brighton Mhlongo reclaiming his spot in the Buccaneers last line of defence in
a 2-1 win over Ajax Cape Town on Tuesday, it signaled that it would be the end
of the road for Ovono in the Buccaneers colours but Ertugral cited that the
club did not criticise him for conceding three soft goals so far in the season.
Meanwhile, the club is doing all they can to help the Equatorial Guinea shot stopper to move on from his woes of their first two games of the season.
hinted that his decision to drop the 23-year-old goal minder was due to the
fact that Ovono felt he let the team down in their opening league game against
Golden Arrows and the MTN8 quarter-final exit to Bidvest Wits.
“We have not
criticised Ovono at all, these things happen to the best of us in football,” said
concede a goal as a goalkeeper, mistakes are most likely to follow and that was
the case with him.
was down because he felt that he let the team down but we rallied around him to
pick up his confidence.
back much better from his national team duty because he didn’t concede a single
goal there and that would play a crucial part in his recovery.”