Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic said
his side "gave everything" in their Nedbank Cup clash against Black
Leopards despite bowing out of the tournament on penalties.
The Sea Robbers took the lead through a magnificent
free-kick from Justin Shonga in the first-half but the hosts leveled the tie
when Mwape Musonda netted five minutes before half-time.
Pirates created the better chances after the interval but
Leopards keeper King Ndlovu showed his resolve to keep his side in the game and
force it to penalties.
The home side eventually won 5-4 after the visitors had
missed two spot-kicks.
Sredojevic said after the game: "We are fully aware that
penalties are a lottery and you never know what will happen, it can go either
"We tried out best throughout the game, from the start
before conceding that goal against the run of play.
"Instead of taking the opponents to the counter-attack
we conceded from the counter-attack. We paid from the silly mistakes we made
Thembinkosi Lorch, Mako and Shonga had good chances to win
the game in regulation time for Pirates but it was not to be.
Sredojevic continued: "We tried our best in regular and
extra time to attack and create chances, throwing all available attacking
players forward but it was not meant to be whilst trying our best.
"We went to penalties and had the advantage. This was
the fourth time we had the advantage in penalties and we missed them.
"It's much more of a mental than football aspect, but
it is very hard to accept especially knowing that we have given