Cape Town City may have been knocked out of the MTN8 Cup in the quarterfinals stage but head coach Jan Olde Riekerink has hailed his side’s effort against Orlando Pirates in Soweto.
Riekerink lavished praise on CT City despite their 1-0 defeat to Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.
On his Pirates debut, Terrence Dzvukamanja scored what proved to be the winner in the 22nd minute with the Citizens playing most of the game with a man down following Fagrie Lakay’s red card in the 33rd minute.
“It was almost a copy of the game we played in the bubble. I think if you see the game, we dominated three quarters of the game. I think we started well. And I think we deserved the last chance, the last goal,” said Reikerink.
“That is what you hope for. When you throw everything forward. Unlucky for the guys we didn’t score. But I’m very proud of the way they presented themselves. They worked hard. We had the opportunity, but it didn’t go our way.
“Pirates could not find a solution to break us down. I said before the game, this team has such great unity. They fight for each other. And some games you will win, some you will lose. But I must compliment them for their team spirit.
“The other conclusion is that we lost. We are happy with the unity, but we need results. But it was a great team effort,” concluded the Dutch tactician.
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By FARPost Reporter