Cape Town - Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic refused to blame his players after their Telkom Knock-Out quarter-final exit on Saturday evening.
Pirates lost out to Polokwane City on penalties after an open game of
attacking football ended in a 2-2 scoreline after 120 minutes of
However, the Soweto giants would have been aggrieved given a number
of chances they created against Rise and Shine at the Orlando Stadium.
"It's been the story of our season and I can't blame the players for lack of trying," said Sredojevic.
"We did everything to win this match but a combination of allowing
our opponents to score two goals and us failing to take our chances‚ let
Midfielder Musa Nyatama who's been inspirational in midfield since
joining the club from Bloemfontein Celtic in the off-season reiterated
his managers' sentiments and feels all attention needs to be placed on
the Absa Premiership campaign.
"Very disappointing results, we're disappointed. We wanted to go to
the next round but unfortunately it didn't happen," the Bafana Bafana
international said. "We need to lift our heads and focus on the
"It is very hard to play against them (Polokwane City). They can play
quick one-twos. We missed a lot of chances in the first half, we also
missed a penalty.
"We should have wrapped up the game in the first half it is just unfortunate we couldn't go to the next round."