Roger de Sa: Orlando Pirates can’t score goals

Pirates created tons of goalscoring opportunities on the night, but failed to put the ball in the back of the net as they were beaten 1-0 by Usuthu

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa was left disappointed following his team’s failure to live up to expectations after their impressive 3-0 away win to Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League last Sunday.

The Sea Robbers lost their first ever league game at home against AmaZulu in 20 years, and De Sa says it is because his team cannot score goals despite creating opportunities.

“I am obviously disappointed. I think one shot at goal, one goal from them. We had the rest of the game, but we just can’t put the ball in the back of the net,” said Roger de Sa after the match.

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The Pirates mentor feels his team was not too bad on the night, but he has reiterated on a lack of composure in front of goal.

“We didn’t play particularly bad. We played pretty well; it was just a lapse of concentration on the goal. Apart from that, too many chances to score and we don’t put the ball in the net.

“It was always going to create more and more pressure as the game goes on. It’s not new to us, it’s been happening, but we work on it every day, we can’t score,” added De Sa.

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De Sa’s counterpart Graig Rosslee admitted that Pirates were a better side, but he was happy that they took their chance and held on to their lead for over 60 minutes on the night.

“To be quite frankly, Pirates were the better side. They created chance after chance, and I think we had one shot, we took our chance and we made sure we held on to it,” said Rosslee.

Rosslee added that the AmaZulu players showed too much respect to Pirates, but he says collecting maximum points against Pirates is what matters most.

“I think we showed too much respect to Pirates. We looked a bit lethargic to be honest, but at the end of the day we took the three points,” added Rosslee.

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