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Bucs lose in Namibia

Posted on Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 07:40

Orlando Pirates lost 3-1 in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup semi-final against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.

The match was played at the Independence Stadium, in Windoek, Namibia.

Muhsin Ertugral opted for a strong team while counterpart Pitso Mosimane lined up a team minus his usual starters - Karma Billiat, Leonardo Castro, Kegan Dolly and Hlompo Kekana.

Striker Tendai Ndoro continued his goal scoring form against the Brazilians, by putting the Buccaneers ahead as early as the 17th minute as he pounced on a ball played by captain Oupa Manyisa.

However, Downs returned in the second half much the better side, scoring three goals – two from the penalty spot, by Anthony Laffor (46, 52) and a third by Ricardo Nascimento in the 72nd minute.

Pirates will play in the third and fourth playoff against African Stars, who lost their semi-final encounter 1-0 against the reigning Namibian league champions Tigers FC.

Kick off for this encounter is scheduled for 14h00 with the final set to be played straight afterwards.

Post Match Comments

Ertugral: “It’s an unfortunate situation to lose having lead the match. We spoke at half time about what we needed to do…and I was very clear. We need to be careful on certain things, one of them about the shoulder runs, and immediately we conceded a penalty. The second goal was a gift, a complete gift. The third goal came from a corner, we had prepared for it, we knew where the ball was going to be played but I think it was another gift.

“First half I think we played positively…I believe we could have scored a second but we were unfortunate. In the end I think it’s our defensive line that we need to work on.”

Mosimane: “It was a game of two halves…we were trailing in the first half but then we were able to get it right in the second half. You must also understand that we didn’t have our usual players, Mabunda, Kekana and the CBD…it took some time for the guys to gel. But you know what, its still too early to take much into this match, it’s a friendly game. We use such games to assess our players….Coach Muhsin must also be given time to be able to assess his players. Like I said that’s why we play these games after all. To try out different combinations and see how ready the players are; I’m sure the coach (Muhsin Ertugral) will get it right.”

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