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MTN8: Five things we learned from Orlando Pirates defeat to Highlands Park

14:13 SAST 2019/08/18
Thabiso Monyane of Orlando Pirates, Peter Shalulile of Highlands Park - August 2019
The Buccaneers bowed out of the cup competition after losing to the Lions of the North in Soweto

  • Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates, August 2019

    Micho was sorely missed

    It was Pirates' first match since Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic surprisingly resigned as the club's head coach following the 3-0 defeat to SuperSport United in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match in midweek.

    Micho's sudden departure has unsettled the Bucs ship and while the players tried to play their hearts out, at times they looked distracted during the encounter.

  • Gabadinho Mhango - Orlando Pirates August 2019

    Pirates' scoring woes continue

    Pirates failed to score for the third consecutive match across all competitions having drawn blanks against Green Eagles, SuperSport United and now Highlands Park.

    The hosts created several chances which they failed to convert on the night, and Rulani Mokwena and the club's finishing coach Stephane Adam will be under pressure to solve the problem. 
  • Peter Shalulile, Highlands Park, October 2018

    Highlands Park's unbelievable stamina

    The Lions of the North impressed with their stamina during the fast-paced match as they ran non-stop throughout the encounter.

    When Pirates showed signs of tiredness in the closing stages of the match, Highlands Park upped the tempo and they managed to grab a late goal following a quick move.

  • Augustine Mulenga of Orlando Pirates challenged by Sphiwe Mahlangu of Highlands Park, August 2019

    Pirates too physical

    The Buccaneers were overly physical in their approach to the game which saw the visitors make three injury-enforced changes during the match.

    Happy Jele and Augustine Mulenga were involved in many physical battles against Highlands Park players and they were both booked on the night.

  • Justice Chabalala, Orlando Pirates, July 2019

    Time for Bucs to sign new central defender?

    Justice Chabalala was dropped from the starting line-up after Pirates' defeat to SuperSport United and Happy Jele was partnered by Alfred Ndengane in central defence.

    Ndengane proved to be the weak link in the Bucs defence as he was caught out of position a couple of times and it might be time for the Soweto giants to step up their pursuit of Bidvest Wits defender Thulani Hlatshwayo.