Roger de Sa: Sifiso Myeni’s introduction was vital for Orlando Pirates

De Sa believes Chiefs sat back late in the second half and allowed them to play their normal football, but he feels Myeni was fantastic on the day

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa expressed his delight following his team’s 2-1 win on aggregate against Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN 8 semi-final at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday.

Lennox Bacela scored a 76th minute penalty to level matters after an early goal Bernard Parker gave Chiefs the lead, and De Sa said it was always going to be difficult for Pirates to win.

“Firstly, we knew it was going to be difficult. It was just a one goal advantage. We knew Chiefs were going to come at us and we were mainly worried about fatigue whether we will be able to sustain it, and the weather didn’t help during the warm-up,” said De Sa after the match.

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“It was always going to be tough going one down and having to fight to get back into the game; I think the players really dug in,” he said.

The Pirates mentor believes Chiefs gave them space in the second half having dominated the game in the first 45 minutes.

However, he feels Sifiso Myeni came in and changed the complexion of the game which looked to be heading for penalties until that equalizer.

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“I think in the first half Chiefs were a lot better than us. They controlled the game..they didn’t let us play. I think in the second half we pushed a little bit. Maybe Sifiso Myeni’s introduction was vital for us,” added De Sa.