Pirates happy with point at AmaZulu

on Wednesday, 21 August 2019. Share this Article

Pirates happy with point at AmaZulu

Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena was satisfied with a point for his side in their goalless draw with AmaZulu on Tuesday night, a result that extends their winless run to four games in all competitions.

The Buccaneers at least halted their longest run of defeats in six years with the point against a battling AmaZulu side that were also in desperate need of a lift after successive losses.


"I think it was a tactical performance, very balanced from Orlando Pirates, very important with cleansheet, because it gives confidence. It’s a good foundation moving forward," Mokwena said.  


"A point on a difficult pitch and against a difficult team, so lots of positives. Six rotations and six changes with little time to prepare, it was a really tactically superior performance from the team. 


“It shows not only the depth and talent, the technical ability from our players, but it also shows that our players really want to fight for the club and represent this club with everything they have."


Mokwena called on defenders Asavela Mbekile and Paseka Mako, midfielders Xola Mlambo, Fortune Makaringe and Siphesihle Ndlovu, and striker Gabadinho Mhango as he made six changes to his side following the 3-0 loss to SuperSport United at the weekend.


“Six changes were made, the four were forced by injuries unfortunately because a schedule like we have at this moment in time, obviously the load will dictate that you're going to lose a couple of players with injuries, and unfortunately that’s what caused four of the changes.


“The other two was from a tactical perspective. We made changes to change the structure slightly – to give the team a little more balance; to have a little more control of the match, present opponents with less chances because our analysis showed us each and every opponent we played against had more chances than us. 


“I think today was exactly the opposite. We should have wrapped up the game in the first half."


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