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Palacios refuses to shed light on new Orlando Pirates coach

15:17 EAT 19/02/2017
Augusto Palacios
The Peruvian-born coach will step aside as head coach of the club following a winless run of eight matches in all competitions

Orlando Pirates interim coach Augusto Palacios has refused to shed light on who the new coach the club is expected to announce on Monday could be. 

The 65-year-old mentor said irrespective of who comes in to coach the club, he will keep doing his best at any capacity given to him by Dr Irvin Khoza. 

“I don’t know who is coming in (to coach the team), but as I always say, I’ll die for this club no matter which position I’m in. I’ll wear black and white jesery until I die,” Palacios said post-match.

Prior to visiting City, Bucs suffered back-to-back defeats to Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits and stretched their winless run to seven matches. They last won a match in November 2016. 

Palacios believes that they can compete given the early promises they showed against City. 

“Apart from our strong character, I think we can compete. With the chances we had in the first 15 minutes from Gabuza, we could have been 3-0 up in the first half,” Palacios lamented.

The draw came at the wrong time for the Citizens as they failed to end the weekend at the top of the standings. They trail Kaizer Chiefs by one point after 18 league matches.

Palacios meanwhile, is pleased that his team showed signs of improvement following two successive defeats prior to Saturday's encounter.

Cape Town City changed the game in the second half. They put two strikers upfront, but their first goal clearly touched the referee before they scored the goal.”

“But it was a very interesting game. I think we are improving but we need to convert more chances,” Palacios stated.