Cape Town - Orlando Pirates midfielder Ben Motshwari insists his team
will not give up in the Absa Premiership title race despite a potentially damaging defeat on
Saturday in the Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs.
Lebogang Manyama scored the only goal of the game as log
leaders Amakhosi extended their lead over their Soweto rivals to nine points
with Pirates only having eight games of the season remaining.
The Buccaneers were left frustrated at the FNB Stadium as a
combination of Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and poor finishing cost them
Motshwari said in quotes published on the Orlando Pirates
website: "It was a difficult game. We managed the match quite well.
"They got one chance in the first half and they
capitalized on that one chance.
"If it wasn't for their goalkeeper the scoreline would
have been different. He kept them in the game hence they won 1-0."
The 28-year-old Motshwari is still optimistic that Chiefs
and second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns will drop enough points in the remaining
games to give Pirates a way back into the title race.
Motshwari continued: "I would like to thank the
supporters. They are always with us through thick and thin.
"It means a lot to us. It was good for us to go to the
pitch and give our best.
"They should not give up. There is still a long way to
go. We still going to fight for it. We lost against the log leaders, but this
was not a title decider.
"For us, we will go back to training and fix our
mistakes and come back stronger. We won't give up. We will fight. It is not the
end of the road."
- TEAMtalk media