Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa believes that Chippa United were more determined to get all the three points than his Pirates team following their first ever home defeat at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.
Chippa United scored a winning goal with only a few minutes left, but De Sa believes it was stupid of his players to give away a free-kick that ended up in the back of the net.
“We gave away a stupid free-kick in the last minutes. I warned my players that Chippa were going catch us on counter attacks and it happened,” said De Sa after the match.
“We played our possible best players tonight, but we just didn’t have legs. We tried different combinations, but didn’t take a couple of half-chances and we paid the penalty. It’s hard to swallow,” he said.
Chippa United coach Mark Harrison believes his players managed to absorb the pressure from their opponents and he added that Pirates ran out of ideas in the last 10 minutes of the game.
Harrison is still positive that the Chilli Boys won’t go down and he wants his players to start believing in themselves in the remaining games.
“We soaked it up from the first whistle and they ran out of ideas in the end. I thought we were a bit fortunate to get a free-kick, but we knew that Pirates were vulnerable to set-pieces and they gave us what we wanted,” said Harrison after the match.
“If you want to stay in this league when you are at the bottom of the log, then you need to show character. It’s a massive win for the players and if they don’t believe now, then they never will,” added Harrison.