Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele admits disappointment following Cape Town City draw

The Mpumalanga-born player admitted that the Citizens were simply better than them in the second half

Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele has defended his team-mates’ performance against Cape Town City on Wednesday night.

The Citizens came back to hold the Buccaneers to a 2-2 draw in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match which was played at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.

Augustine Mulenga and Innocent Maela both netted as Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the first half and City might have thought that another hammering was on the cards.

Prior to facing Milutin Sredojevic's side, the Mother City outfit was hammered 4-1 by Pirates' Soweto rivals, Kaizer Chiefs last weekend.

However, City attacking midfielder Ayanda Patosi produced a man of the match performance as he netted twice to ensure that the game ended in a draw.
Speaking to the media after the game, long-serving defender Jele insisted that the players stuck to tactics.

“We were not relaxed in the first half, it was tactics. That’s why we managed to score two goals, and then we managed the game,” Jele said.

The former Walters Stars player feels that they were dominated by a resilient City side in the second half. 

“In the second half, Cape Town City came at us and it was difficult for us. As a team, obviously, we’re disappointed to drop points at home," the 31-year-old player added.

The experienced player added that they need to go back to the drawing board and to pull up their socks ahead of their league clash with Baroka FC on Saturday.

“But we are just going to go the drawing board and fix the things that we did wrong, and focus on the next game that’s coming on Saturday," Jele concluded.

The league encounter is scheduled to take place at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.