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Orlando Pirates head coach Vladimir Vermezovic blamed his midfielders following Bucs' 1-0 defeat to Mpumalanga Black Aces in an Absa Premiership encounter at home

Former Bucs fan favourite Thulasizwe Mbuyane was the hero for AmaZayoni as he scored the only goal of the match at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.
 
"Congratulations to Aces, they played very well and deserved to win. I hate losing. Especially the way we did. It's unacceptable for professionals to lose the ball like we did," Vermezovic told the media after the match.
 
Ghana international goalkeeper Fatau Dauda made his third official appearance for the Buccaneers this season in Senzo Meyiwa's absence, and Vermezovic commended the Dauda for his performance but insists that Meyiwa remains his first choice keeper.
 
"I can't complain about Dauda, he did a good job today. But Senzo is number one. We must also prepare Dauda for the World Cup. We'll make changes because we have options with Happy Jele and Lucky Lekgwathi back. We have to win as many as possible now and prepare for the Nedbank Cup," he said.
 
"It's always the right time for a coach to join a team. Especially big clubs like Pirates. I came here knowing what I need to do. Sure the players are tired of football and seeing each other everyday but we are professionals. We have to show up and play hard. I saw a lot today with our defence and midfield. The midfield didn't come to collect. They were hiding today. It wasn't their day," he added.
 
Bafana Bafana defender Siyabonga Sangweni made his return to the Pirates starting line-up for the first time since October 2013. At times, during the match the tall defender struggled to contain Aces striker Tendai Ndoro. 
 
"Sangweni is an important player for us. He needs more game time. But a player of his experience needs to be on the field. I am satisfied with Sangweni's game today. Maybe the condition wasn't greatest given the Achilles (tendon), but in due time he will be fine," he concluded.
 
Meanwhile, Mpumalanga Black Aces head coach Clive Barker praised AmaZayoni players who are currently on loan at the club.
 
"The team was fantastic. It was always going to be tough coming here. I've been coming here since 1979. Just as tough. I am proud of my boys. They pass the ball better than anyone in the country. Very well done," Barker told the media.
 
"Six wins in a row and one draw is good for us. We are not under so much pressure. So, it's been easy to let the players express themselves," he said 
 
Coach Barker was also pleased with striker Tendai Ndoro's perfomance on the night. The lanky striker won the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League (ZPSL) Golden Boot award with 18 goals for his former club, Chicken Inn last season.
 
"Ndoro did well today, he allowed the players to play off him nicely. He could easily be up there with Bernard Parker (of Kaizer Chiefs)," he said

"Its a crazy situation because most our guys are on loan. I'm sure their clubs are watching them now. They are playing out their skin," he added.
 
The 69-year old mentor was referring to forward Themba Zwane, defenders Abel Mabaso, Method Mwanjali (all on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns ) and Botswana international Ofentse Nato, who is on-loan from Bidvest Wits.

Barker also heaped praises on Mbuyane, who scored his first goal of the season against his former employers on the night. 
 
"Its great for Mbuyane, he carried a bit of weight when he arrived and I'm happy he scored. He will be great for us next season. At the moment, there's no easy match for us. Every game is a contest. There isn't any great side this season. It's tough for everyone," he concluded

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