Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach, Eric Tinkler, lamented his team's lethargy in defence following their elimination from the King’s Cup in Swaziland on Saturday.
The Buccaneers suffered the same fate as their rivals Kaizer Chiefs after being knocked out on penalties in the pre-season tournament.
Pirates led for much of the match against Royal Leopards after a strike from debutant Luvuyolo Memela, but an equalizer in the second half saw the match end 1-1 and thereafter went straight to penalty kicks.
Tinkler told Soccer Laduma it was about time his players started to take responsibility for their poor defensive execution.
"I thought we started quite well, possibly had two penalty shouts in the first half," Tinkler said.
"Same mistakes continue, set-piece against, we don't track our runners, this needs to come to an end, players need to start taking responsibility, because we talk about it we practice it and come match day we don't implement it. So that's obviously a huge problem that we need to rectify.
"This was an opportunity to see the new players we signed, I thought Luvuyolo Memela done exceptionally well, the left winger who came in I thought he did very well."