It’s harsh to blame Mokoena – Clark

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Black Leopards coach Alan Clark says the brotherhood within the team has helped everyone including midfielder Thabiso Mokoena to get over the defeat by Orlando Pirates last Sunday.

Lidoda Duvha played a game of their lives and were holding the Buccaneers to a draw only until the 90th minute when Mokoena scored an own goal to give Pirates a 1-0 victory.

The result handed Leopards their 11th defeat this season.

“Well I think we have quite a good brotherhood here at Leopards has relied behind him but to be honest with you there is not much Thabiso could have done with what happened, it literally hit him,” said Clark.

“His positioning was fine and he was not in a wrong place so there was nothing he could have done different so I think it’s harsh to blame him for something like that,” he said.

The 40-year-old adds that he has found it humorous that the Pirates technical team have claimed that the goal came as planned while it was just a pure mistake from their player.

“It’s been quite humorous to hear the opposition (Pirates) also carrying on how they won the game and it’s a fluke goal but it’s like maybe they planned it at training or maybe the analyst can put it on twitter on how many times they have scored that kind of goal at training because the way the technical team talks it’s like it happens every week for them,” he said.

The loss left Leopards at 14th place with 9 matches remaining.

By Ofhani Munyai

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