Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Rulani Mokwena
has hailed his side's 'fighting spirit' despite the 4-3 defeat to
Bidvest Wits on Saturday evening.
The loss means Pirates have won just two of their nine matches played
thus far this season in all competitions. Mokwena, who took the reins
from Milutin Sredojevic after the Serb resigned to join Egyptian giants
Zamalek, is refusing to panic and insists that the team have improved
under his tutelage.
"Before the FIFA break we had that challenge of conceding a lot of
goals and not scoring, we focused a little bit on our offensive schemes
and trying to find a little bit of balance, stabilise things," said
"We came back to AmaZulu and played a 0-0 draw, kept a clean sheet
against [Golden] Arrows so it's disappointing again that we let the
floodgates open but I fully agree, what you do in attack will definitely
have consequences in your defensive phase, and if you don't look after
the ball well enough."
Mokwena then said where the Buccaneers would have crumbled in the
past after going behind, they now have the character to keep fighting.
"We are so disappointed but part of that disappointment it not forgetting about the bravery from the players," Mokwena added.
"You have to give them credit because in the past the Orlando Pirates
precious squads they crumble, go 1-0 down then 2-0 to 4-0 but this one
goes one goal down and tries to get an equaliser, goes 2-1 down and
keeps trying to level things, 4-2 down with 10 minutes to go still try
to fight back, so you need to give credit to the boys for their fighting
spirit and for the mentality, but we are disappointed that we didn't
win the game."
Pirates will be looking to bounce back to winning ways when they welcome Cape Town City to the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 15:30.
- TeamTalk Media