Absa Premiership

Makola praises team-mates after Bucs win

2016-11-23 11:21
Mpho Makola.(Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Midfielder Mpho Makola praised his teammates following Orlando Pirates' 1-0 victory over Chippa United in their Premiership clash on Tuesday.

The Buccaneers bagged all three points at the Orlando Stadium courtesy of a strike from Tendai Ndoro after 21 minutes. 

Makola, who played a crucial role in the win, earned the Man-of-the-Match award.

"It was a tough game. We're glad we got the three points. We knew that Chippa liked playing from the back," he told Soccer Laduma.

"They always knock the ball around, so we needed to absorb the pressure and catch them on the break."

Makola admitted that while Pirates created a number of chances, they had goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane to thank for keeping them in the game with a number of crucial saves.

He also praised the rest of his team-mates for their exceptional work rate during the game.

"The good thing is that we created a lot of chances, and I'm glad our keeper was on form. He saved us today. I think the whole team played as a unit and did really well, which is more important for us.

"Today Chippa were playing a high line. We told our attacking midfielders to play in behind them all the time. We only needed one chance to catch them and we did."

The win takes the Buccaneers to fifth place on the PSL standings, four points off log-leaders Cape Town City.

The Soweto giants next travel to the Mbombela stadium where they face Stuart Baxter's SuperSport United in a Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Kick off is at 18:00.

 

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Fixtures
Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Highlands Park v AmaZulu, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs, Newlands Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Baroka FC v SuperSport United, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:03
Wits v Stellenbosch, Bidvest Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v Black Leopards, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 14 September 2019
Golden Arrows v AmaZulu, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Polokwane City, FNB Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Cape Town City, Mbombela Stadium 20:15
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