Pirates will keep on trying, says coach Roger de Sa

The Pirates coach was disappointed after losing the MTN 8 final to Platinum Stars, stating that the Buccaneers were the better team on the night
Platinum Stars sealed a shock MTN 8 final victory over Orlando Pirates on Saturday night, sparking scenes of celebration for the underdogs, who were able to contain the Buccaneers for 120 minutes and win 3-1 in the penalty shootout.

Roger de Sa was disappointed following the match, blaming the conditions for the team's struggles to find the back of the net. The Pirates coach vows that the team will keep on trying to win silverware.

"We're very disappointed. We controlled the game throughout and had a lot of chances, [but] the conditions didn't really help the match. It was a scrappy affair, but we tried. All we can do is keep on trying," De Sa said.

"We'll keep on training. That is what we do, try to get better everyday. You get those days, when the ball doesn't find the back of the net. When you don't make contact on the ball.

"We tried everything we could. It just didn't work out that way, and on the penalties it will always be a bit of raffle. Throughout the ninety minutes we were definitely the better side.

"We'll have to see the stats, I'm sure we had more ball possession. But in the end of the day what matters is getting the ball in the back of the net. They played for penalties, they got it, and they beat us."   

Speaking after the match Dikwena coach Alan Freese expressed his joy with the result, which will significantly boost the club's coffers and earn them much deserved respect.

"I've got to say that the boys kept on fighting. When they equalised we had to work hard. I'm happy for the players and for the club," Freese said.

"I'm also happy for the supporters. I'm just very happy, and I'd like to thank the supporters for traveling here to support the team. To Roger and Pirates I'd just like to say: Unlucky."