Johannesburg - Orlando
Pirates coach Eric Tinkler admits that the Thabo Matlaba
substitution in their goalless encounter against Polokwane City was an injury
The rejuvenated Buccaneers
shared the spoils with Rise and Shine in an Absa Premiership clash at the FNB
Stadium on Wednesday.
Tinkler said that the left-back requested to be replaced early in the second-half
after complaining about his groin sore during the interval.
"Thabo Matlaba started
complaining about his groin sore at half time." Tinkler said.
"And we decided to give
him another five minutes in the second-half.
"We wanted to see how
far he would go and he actually requested to be substituted.
"And Patrick Phungwayo
was our natural replacement in the left back position."