Absa Premiership

Matlaba happy with top-eight finish

2016-05-24 14:06
Thabo Matlaba (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates captain Thabo Matlaba believes the Buccaneers have done well to secure a place in the top-half of the Premiership this season.

After a shaky start to the season cause by fixture due to their run to the Confederation Cup final, head coach Eric Tinkler has been given credit for turning their season around in the second half on the campaign and getting back into the top eight.

Matlaba, who's been the stand-in captain since Oupa Manyisa picked up a long-term injury, feels that finishing outside of the top half for he first time in 20 years would have been an embarrassment to the Soweto giants.

"We didn't start the season very well. We wanted to finish third, but that didn't happen and we had an opportunity to finish in the top eight. That's what we did," he told The Sowetan.

"We've done extremely well to finish in the top eight and we didn't want to be those players who didn't finish in the top eight. I'm happy."

The Bafana full-back enjoyed a solid season for the Sea Robbers, scoring three goals and registering four assist in 24 league outings.

Read more on:    orlando pirates  |  thabo matlaba  |  soccer

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Friday, 29 March 2019
Orlando Pirates v Black Leopards, Orlando Stadium 20:00
Friday, 05 April 2019
Maritzburg United v Bloemfontein Celtic, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 06 April 2019
Wits v Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Stadium 15:00
Highlands Park v Free State Stars, Makhulong Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Cape Town City, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Baroka FC, FNB Stadium 18:00
AmaZulu v Chippa United, King Zwelithini Stadium 20:15
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.