Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena
insists he can't ask for more from his players despite playing out a
goalless draw against Maritzburg United on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers created many opportunities throughout the Premiership
clash and came close to breaking the deadlock when Justin Shonga's
effort hit the crossbar before flirting with the goal-line, but in the
end they were unable to produce the crucial strike.
"We like to make it difficult, my middle name is Mlungisi [meaning;
the one who fixes], so I think sometimes the players try and test how
much I can fix certain things, so it's a test to see how difficult they
can make things for me, but we keep going and we try to fix," Mokwena
told SuperSport TV.
"First chance in the first half with Kabelo Dlamini one-on-one with
the goalkeeper and of course [Richard] Ofori makes a very good save and
well deserved Man of the Match [award] because he made a lot of top
saves to keep them in the game.
"We created a lot of chances and that chance of [Justin] Shonga that
hit the crossbar, I still have to analyse and check but from where I was
sitting, maybe not the whole circumference [of the ball] crossed the
line but from where I'm sitting it looks like it's over the goal-line
but I stand to be corrected, I don't know."
Asked whether it's a big problem for Pirates that Happy Jele will not
be available to face Kaizer Chiefs after getting sent off in the 61st
minute, Mokwena added: "Not really, we've got enough ammunition, we've
got 34 players at Orlando Pirates, so we don't complain about losing
"Today we didn't have [Thembinkosi] Lorch from suspension, we didn't
have [Mthokozisi] Dube from suspension but we managed to put on a strong
team on the pitch.
"They gave their all to win the game, that's all you can ask for,
even when they were one man down, ten versus 11, you couldn't really
tell once more which team was man short, so like I said, Mlungisi needs
to go back to the drawing board."
- TeamTalk Media