De Sa: We don’t have enough depth at Pirates

Bucs coach cries out after Maluti FET College shocked Orlando Pirates with a 4-1 win in the last 32 round of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday afternoon

Maluti FET College claimed a famous victory over the 2011 Nedbank Cup champions Orlando Pirates in a match played at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Qwaqwa-based team thumped Pirates 4-1 to knock them out of the competition, and booked their place in the last 16 of the Cup.

Orlando Pirates coach Roger was left fuming, and he believes his team was poor in every circumstance, from the first minute when Maluti FET scored the opener.

“It was a disaster of errors, starting with the first minute on 30 seconds. From then onwards we never got anything right. We never got into the game. We were poor all round,” said De Sa after the match.

De Sa revealed that he believed his team could come back in the second half when they were 2-0 behind.

“At 2-0, we still had a chance, we still had to change things around and we started playing the way we were supposed to play, but we never did (turn the match around). I think we were flat in many areas, nothing upfront, and defensively we were very poor,” he said.

The Pirates mentor believes that they don’t have enough depth in the squad, but took nothing away from Maluti FET College.

“We don’t have enough depth in certain positions, and today it showed in certain areas that we don’t have enough depth. Well done to them. They fought hard, and they ran hard,” he said.

De Sa believes that there is a combination of factors that led to their humiliating defeat against the second division side Maluti FET College. He singled out fatigue and complacency as the main reasons why Pirates lost.

“Fatigue is number one, and number two is complacency. Without a doubt, and a bit of luck here and there. I mean they got a goal straight away. We got to do better than that,” said De Sa.

Maluti FET coach Morena Ramoreboli was impressed with the way his boys played against Pirates, and he revealed that his boys stuck to their game plan.

“Firstly, let me thank the players, and really the credit must go to these boys. They did well. They stuck to the plan,” said Ramoreboli.

“There was a stage where I could see that the experience of Orlando Pirates was working against them, but they stood and fought back. At the end of the day they managed to win the game, and I am a happy man, honestly speaking,” said Ramoreboli.

Saturday’s defeat was Orlando Pirates heaviest defeat in the Nedbank Cup, and were knocked out in the first round of the competition for the first time in their history.