It’s OK Pirates

2014-11-09 06:00

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Downcast Buccaneers struggle to find form in their first Premier League game after Senzo Meyiwa’s shock death

S’fiso Ncwane’s popular hit Kulungile Baba (It’s OK) followed the final whistle as heartbroken Orlando Pirates players began life without Senzo Meyiwa with a defeat.

No Senzo Meyiwa and not another Cup final for Pirates.

The first game without their slain number one goalkeeper and captain was never going to be easy for Pirates and this was evident with their showing as they were knocked out of the Telkom Knockout Cup

Judging by their pedestrian showing, it was evident that Pirates players were still in mourning and have not yet recovered from their hero’s sad passing.

They did not play like a team with purpose and direction as they went down to SuperSport United.

Pirates were looking to book their place in their sixth successive cup final, but it was not to be as United were not in a sympathetic mood and went about their winning ways.

Coincidentally, the weather conditions were similar to the last time Pirates took to the field against Ajax Cape Town – it was rainy and the pitch was drenched.

The only thing missing was Meyiwa in the poles. And did they miss his presence!

Although his replacement, Brighton Mhlongo, could not be faulted for the goals, Pirates missed Meyiwa’s commanding presence and confidence as the last line of defence.

Life without Meyiwa will never be easy and the sooner Pirates get used to that, the better.

They were lucky to go to the break trailing by only two goals after assistant referee Stevens Khumalo let them off the hook.

He denied United what looked like a legitimate goal when he flagged David Mathebula offside when he was clearly on-side when Dové Womé took the shot which Mhlongo parried into his path.

But although United would have felt hard done by the decision, they were already ahead through Lebogang Manyama and Womé’s goals in the 21st and 36th minutes.

United were clearly the better side in the first half as they played with more purpose and vigour unlike the home side, which never got out of first gear in the opening half.

However they did come back from the break the better side after the introduction of Kermit Erasmus and Daine Klate – two former United players.

Pirates played better football and took the game to the visitors until the final minute, but found Gordon Igesund’s men prepared for the onslaught as they stood firm and hung on for the victory.

United will be waiting for the winner of this afternoon’s clash between defending champions Platinum Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns. Will it be a Tshwane derby final or will Stars get a chance to defend their title?

After this defeat, the question is: do Pirates need an experienced goalkeeper?

Talk to us: Should Pirates sign an experienced goalkeeper or should they persevere with Brighton Mhlongo?

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