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Orlando Pirates head coach Vladimir Vermezovic was pleased with his players after Bucs defeated in-form Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday

Bucs emerged as 2-1 winners in a Nedbank Cup quarter-final encounter played at Sundowns' home ground, Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
 
The Serbian-tactician praised his players more, especially Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, who won Man of the Match and the Bucs defence for holding firm against Downs' attacks.
 
"Orlando Pirates were good today, they made an excellent game for the supporters. The result could have been different, but thanks to our goalkeeper and defence we got through," Vermezovic told the media after the match.
 
"It was difficult to play against them because of the way they rotate during the game. Congratulations to my guys. Back-to-back defeats, then a win like this... I'm very happy with the way we played," he said.
 
Bucs' set-piece specialist Daine Klate scored the winning goal in the 62nd minute. Sundowns substitute Elias Pelembe equalized after Pirates midfielder Oupa Manyisa had given the away side an early lead. 
 
"Their defenders are good in the build-up and their fullbacks play high up. My idea with Lennox Bacela and Helder Pelembe was to pin their defence. We tried to contain the aerial threat of Schut and Laffor and we won many of the second balls in the midfield which also helped us," he said.
 
"I have a lot of players coming back from injury. I made nine changes last time because there are guys coming from long layoffs. Its more mental fatigue than anything because the players all want to take a break after this season.

"So I keep changing them. I have to change the squad so that they remain fresh. Even on Tuesday, there will be changes. They must remain fresh," he added.
 
The 50-year old former Kaizer Chiefs mentor also revealed that, he will be handing over a report to the Pirates management at the end of the season. 
 
"I need to see all my players so that in May, when we are sitting down we can make proper decisions about the squad. In any big club, a season without a trophy is a bad season. We know that and we will prepare to win it. In May I will report my opinion about the team. I know nothing about the club wanting him," he said.
 
"This is football and if a club wants a player, then the other club will decide. We are focused on our mission, and that is our next game," he concluded.
 
Meanwhile, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane rued missed opportunities. The 49-year old also indicated that forced substitutions had an impact on his side's 2-1 defeat on the night.
 
"In a cup game, anything can happen. Congratulations to coach Vermezovic, job well done. Wish you all the best in the Cup. We dominated, we played proper football, we created so many chances. They fell to Surprise Moriri but he could not convert," Mosimane told the media.
 
"My substitutes were forced, not tactical. When you are forced in the first five minutes and to concede a penalty you will always be on the back foot," he said.
 
"This is football, you are bound to lose. Even Barcelona lost, and Real Madrid. It happens. Each coach plays to get medals but the game should allow you to do that. Tonight didn't allow. I'm glad it didn't go to 120 minutes," he added.
 
"Pirates had the advantage. The game of University of Pretoria and Kaizer Chiefs took a lot out of us. Pirates rested seven days. We played on Wednesday. Senzo stood between us and the win. When the keeper wins Man of the Match, it tells you something," he said.
 
The former Bafana Bafana coach lambasted the level of development in Africa, while giving an example of Downs forward Khama Billiat, who was substituted in the 16th minute due to an injury.
 
"Khama Billiat's injury is a recurrence. I played in Europe. When you are under-14, under-15 you are conditioned to play many games. The development here is not the same. In Europe the youngsters have been at that intensity for 4 or 5 years. It's obvious that our guys struggle with fatigue," he added.
 
"In Europe, the kids train before school, after school, they have correct nutrition. By the time they are 22 they fit. We discover players at 22, 24... You can't compare it. Even the referees. Here we just get what we get. No development," he concluded. 

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