Absa Premiership

Matlaba bemoans missed chances

Thabo Matlaba (Gallo Images)
Thabo Matlaba (Gallo Images)

Bethlehem - Orlando Pirates skipper Thabo Matlaba says the Buccaneers should have won their encounter against Free State Stars in the first-half.

However, the left-back admits that poor decision making inside the final third stood between them and a win.

Pirates’ poor run in the Absa Premiership continued on Wednesday after suffering their eighth defeat to Ea Lla Koto at the Goble Park Stadium courtesy of Ayanda Nkosi strike in the closing stages of the game.

Matlaba, 28, believes that his former team caused an upset over them because they managed to capitalise from the lone goal scoring opportunity they got throughout the game.

“We should have won the game in the first half, we created a lot of goal scoring opportunities but we did not convert them.” Matlaba lamented.

“And they (Stars) only got one chance in the second half and they scored and we cried.

“So we have to learn from our mistakes made on the field of play on Wednesday.

“When we get chances we must bury them, so that we must be able to take the three points home.

“We made the wrong decisions inside the final third but Free State Stars have beaten us and congratulations to them.”

With only eleven games left to play this season, the Sea Robbers are still rooted at the bottom of the table occupying the 11th spot on the log, but 'Festival' has urged the Soweto giants supporters to remain positive and patient with the team.

“All I can say to them is that they must be patient with us.” He insisted

“We are trying our best to get those points; we always try to collect as many points as we can.

“On Wednesday we really tried our best and it didn’t work out for us.

“So they (supporters) must be patient with us and we’ll try by all means to give them the results on Sunday.”

The Buccaneers will have everything to play for in their next tough assignment against high flying Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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