Absa Premiership

Motale: Bucs lost with dignity

Thamsanqa Gabuza (Supplied)
Thamsanqa Gabuza (Supplied)

Johannesburg - Former Orlando Pirates captain Edward Motale heaped praise on the Buccaneers citing that they have lost with dignity and pride following their CAF Confederations Cup final defeat to Etoile Du Sahel of Tunisia at the weekend.

Pirates' dream of clinching another continental glory were shattered as the Red Devils defeated the Soweto giants 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate) in the second-leg clash played at the Stade Olympique de Sousse in Sousse on Sunday courtesy of an own goal by Happy Jele.

The 1995 CAF Champions League winning skipper said that although things did not go as planned for the Happy People, the Buccaneers faithful must not point fingers on certain individuals as they played and lost as a team.

“Magents” believes that the Sea Robbers were just unfortunate as they were denied by the veteran goalkeeper, Aymen Mathlouthi, on numerous occasions who stood between Pirates and victory for the entire match.

“Yes yesterday things didn't work well for the Buccaneers.” Motale told Sport24.

“Anyway it is water now under the bridge, all we need now is to regroup and focus locally. Pointing fingers won’t assist us in anyway.

“I am happy for the fact that we lost with dignity and pride.

“How many chances we have created? Their goal keeper just denied us, anyway sharp.”

Pirates next competitive match will be against Mamelodi Sundowns in an Absa Premiership clash on December 20.