Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates coach Augusto Palacios says he was delighted with
his side's "fighting spirit" after they came back from the brink to
successfully defender their Carling Black Label Cup title.
The Buccaneers looked to be heading towards defeat on Saturday as
they trailed Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 after Abia Nale had opened the scoring
after just nine minutes.
However, Benni McCarthy found the back of the net six minutes
into injury time to force a penalty shoot-out at the FNB Stadium, which
the Buccaneers went on to win 5-4.
"At Orlando Pirates we say its not over until its over, the
fighting spirit the players showed was pleasing to see because it shows
that they (the players) have not lost that determination and will to
win," Palacios told the club's official website.
"Even though they have won so many cups in the past two years,
the players still show that they are hungry for success and as a coach I
am very pleased about that."
The match marked Pirates' last piece of pre-season action, with
the Soweto giants gearing up for their season-opening MTN8 clash against
Bloemfontein Celtic on Friday evening
He added: "Although I am happy with this victory, the real work
begins this week as we get ready for the start of the Top 8 against
Bloemfontein Celtic. We need to get the season off on a good footing by
winning the match. We cannot afford to lose as we are the defending