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.