Mokwena: More positives than negatives for Pirates

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Orlando Pirates head coach Rhulani Mokwena
  • Post published:August 21, 2019

Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena believes his side showed a lot of improvement in their 0-0 draw with AmaZulu, which extended their winless streak to four games.

The Soweto giants had lost their last three games in a row, albeit in three competitions – the Absa Premiership, Caf Champions League and MTN8.

Their last defeat by Highlands, which knocked  them out of the top-eight competition, came just a day after the resignation of Serbian coach Milutin Sredojevic.

Now, with Mokwena at the helm, the Sea Robbers managed to halt their losing run in the 0-0 draw but still have not scored or won in the last four games.

Despite this Mokwena insisted – when speaking to SuperSport TV post-game – that there are lots of positives moving forward for the Buccaneers.

‘A lot of positives, we stuck to the game plan. I said before the match that we’re looking for balance and we were more balanced,’ said the young Bucs caretaker coach.

‘A lot more tactical discipline, we controlled the ball for most parts of the game, we also controlled the space. We tried to find the balance between the two, because we’ve had major problems with that.

‘But positive, a point away from home, a clean sheet which is important because we’ve conceded far too many goals over the last couple of matches. So there’s a lot more positives than negatives. A lot more stabilisation and we move on.

‘We can be proud of these ones. Orlando Pirates is not just rich in terms of the quality we possess, but look at the character, the amount of fight they put in. The courage, the never-say-die attitude. It’s unbelievable.

‘It’s unfortunate at the beginning of the second half we lost a bit of control and we lost a little bit of balance, but you can’t fault the effort. We are so proud of these players; when the Buccaneers watch such a spirited performance, especially because it’s so easy to give up after such difficult results and in a difficult moment, they still put their heads up and put on their fighting boots and they gave their all for the badge. It’s unbelievable. It’s enormous credit. The Buccaneers must be proud of their players,’ he concluded.