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Matlaba: Jonevret not to blame for Orlando Pirates poor form this season

15:11 BST 07/04/2017
Pirates, Thabo Matlaba
Matlaba has come to the defence of their Swedish coach as Bucs poor run of form continues to frustrate them this season

Orlando Pirates defender Thabo Matlaba says it has become very painful when they end up losing matches they should have won.

“It becomes very painful when we end up losing matches we should be winning. We’ve got to get back to winning ways,” Matlaba told IOL.

The Buccaneers are now under the guidance of Swedish coach Kjell Jonevret and have won only once in five matches overall.

Last Saturday saw them suffer their first defeat under his guidance when they went down 3-2 to Free State Stars at the Orkney Stadium in the Premiership.

“We always push ourselves at training. We need to translate that spark and enthusiasm into game situations,” Matlaba said.

“Coach Jonevret is doing his utmost to motivate us. He always stresses about the significance of working hard so that we can get our mojo back.

“I believe he is doing a great job, though he’s still new and trying to get to know us better,” Matlaba added.

They have a chance at revenge against Ea Lla Koto when they travel to the Orkney Stadium in the Nedbank Cup last 16 for the second instalment featuring the two sides on Saturday.

“We just need to repay the faith and reclaim the Orlando Pirates aura of greatness. Our fans deserve better, so we must make sure we work really hard for the remaining matches and lift our game,” Matlaba said.