Fri. Jan 15th, 2021

Orlando Pirates: Motshwari ‘lost for words’ after late City goal

Ben Motshwari of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 09 February 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePixBen Motshwari was visibly distraught after Orlando Pirates conceded a costly late equaliser to Cape Town City on Saturday.

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Orlando Pirates midfielder Ben Motshwari bemoaned his side’s lack of concentration after slipping up in their title chase via a 2-2 draw against Cape Town City at Athlone Stadium on Saturday.

The Buccaneers conceded in the first minute through Zukile Kewuti goal but managed to claw their way back, eventually grabbing the lead through strikes from Thembinkosi Lorch and Luvuyo Memela.

It was with only six minutes left on the clock where another lapse in concentration saw the hosts draw level as Craig Martin netted to dent the Buccaneers’ title hopes.

Motshwari, who was one of the better players in Pirates colours on the day, said his side had only themselves to blame for the tricky position they now find themselves in.

“I dont know what to say, We conceded an early goal once again,” he told Supersport.

“Last minute we lose concentration in such a crucial game. I’m lost for words. We should never have conceded such a goal. It was a lack of concentration in the dying minutes of the game. Like I said that was an easy goal to concede. I’m disappointed. I think as a club you know we did this to ourselves.”

Ben Motshwari

The result leaves the Soweto giants just a point ahead of second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a game in hand and return to league action on Tuesday against Chippa United.

Despite Pirates no longer having their fate fully in their hands, Motshwari believes they have to hold up their end of the bargain and finish strong.

“We can’t give up, We have to soldier on. We’ll take this point and hopefully it will mean something at the end of the season.

Ben Motshwari

The Buccaneers conclude their PSL campaign with a trip back home, where they will host Polokwane City at Orlando Stadium, while Sundowns square off against Free State Stars at Goble Park.

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