De Sa: Orlando Pirates were deserved winners

The Pirates coach was satisfied with the performance by his troops against SuperSport United in their MTN 8 quarterfinal clash on Sunday

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa says his players gave their all during their nail-biting MTN 8 encounter against SuperSport United on Sunday afternoon.

Pirates needed penalties to book their place in this year’s competition, but De Sa says the Buccaneers were deserved winners.

“They looked like they played a game in midweek and a game on the weekend. I couldn't have asked for more, honestly. I think when it comes to penalties it is a bit of a lottery but I think we were deserved winners,” said De Sa after the match.

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De Sa admitted that his defence struggled to deal with Mame Niang’s height, but he says they will come up with a better plan next time the two teams meet.

“We dominated throughout. It was just the big man [Mame Niang] upfront was a handful. Obviously it’s always going to be very difficult to contain him, but we have to come up with a way next time we play them. That’s the only time they threatened us, through the big guy.

“Football wise, we were pretty good. We dominated; we played well despite the tired legs. I think the final third we got a bit better, but we have a lot to work on,” added De Sa.

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SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson believes his team did not play as well as he would have liked, but he says it is because they are going through a transition phase.

“I don’t think my team played excellent football like we like to play, but we are going through a change and that is difficult,” said Johnson after the match.

Johnson also congratulated Pirates on their win and he wished them well in the semi-finals of this year’s MTN 8.

“But well done to my players. They tried and good luck to Pirates in the next half of the competition,” added Johnson.

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