Bucs battle punishing schedule and small squad

Menzi Magubane

Orlando Pirates got thumped three goals to nothing in their own backyard by Mamelodi Sundowns but Bucs midfielder Siphesihle Ndlovu has managed to keep his head high.

He believes they will get back to winning ways when they face Black Leopards on Wednesday at Orlando Stadium at 5pm. “It’s disappointing to lose a match the way we did,” said Ndlovu.

“But it is what it is and we need to bounce back as quickly as we can and forget about the defeat.” 

This was Pirates’ first defeat at home this season. 

Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer said his players gave their best.

“I can’t say my team played a bad game. We played a really good game,” said Zinnbauer.

He said their long list of injured players and a punishing travel schedule means that the players are never rested. “We don’t have a big squad at the moment. It’s always the same players on the field,” he said.

Downs are back at the top of the DStv Premiership after Usuthu were on top for one day after they won against Golden Arrows on Saturday.

Meanwhile Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi was not impressed by the attitude of some of his players.

“When we win we must win with humility,” he said.

He said when you beat the other team you can’t embarrass them and make them look like amateurs. “That is a sign of arrogance. Personally I don’t like people who are arrogant,” he said.

Sundowns host Maritzburg United on Wednesday at Loftus Stadium at 3pm. 

Picture source:@kickoff


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