Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has admitted that a mounting injury list is testing the Soweto giants’ squad to the limit.
Zinnabuer’s troops suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns in the highly anticipated Nedbank Cup quarter-final clash at Loftus Stadium, Pretoria, on Thursday evening.
The two teams were level-pegging at 1-all at halftime and Sundowns added three second half unanswered goals to wrap up a masterclass performance. And they will now meet Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in Sunday’s semi-final.
“We were not good enough, we have to accept it, Sundowns have a good team and we don’t have enough players at the moment, you saw, [Innocent] Maela was not in, we had to change the backline and the other players like [Thembinkosi] Lorch, key player, they were not available,” said Zinnbauer.
“But that’s not an excuse, we had chances to score. It was an away game for us, and we played out of style. I have to watch the game again and discuss it and find solutions, we are very disappointed that we lost against Sundowns, I am very upset, it was not a good performance.
“Luck was not on our side as we had two big chances in the first half but Sundowns was better. We have to focus on the next game, the tournament Caf Confederation Cup and the league,” added the Pirates coach.
“It’s always not so easy when you have lost key players, lost Lorch in the first [weeks of the season] ‚ and then it was Zakhele Lepasa‚ These were all players who were giving us a good performance on what we want in the system.”
The ‘Buccaneers’ will now turn their attention to the DStv Premiership, where they will host Maritzburg United on Sunday at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
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