Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic
believes the injury to Xola Mlambo in the first half eventually caused
the loss to Horoya last Saturday.
The influential play-maker went off in the first half and it appeared to affect the game especially in the heart of midfield.
The Guinean outfit took command and eventually went on to win 2-1 in Conakry this past weekend.
The result means the Sea Robbers bowed out of the CAF Champions
League as the hosts, as well as Tunisia's Esperance, went through to the
Speaking of losing Mlambo in the opening 45 minutes, 'Micho' said:
"We had a wonderful first half, we started very well and had chances.
"We had situations where we had our opponents on the back foot. However, Xola Mlambo got injured we had to replace him.
"The Horoya coach (Patrice Neveu) also brought on a replacement to
strengthen and tighten their defence, however, our midfield was shaken by
the absence of Mlambo.
"It was a game of two halves, and it seemed like our players were
affected by the weather, their body language was not good and we
conceded the first goal which put us at a disadvantage as we had to risk
more by going on the attack.
"When you do that, you have a chance to gain and also concede and
that's what happened with the second goal. We threw more players
forward, but it wasn't enough."
Bucs have just the Premiership to play for in 2018/19 and will
continue their title challenge on 29 March when they take on Black
Leopards at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.