Jerry Sikhosana: Platinum Stars were lucky to beat Orlando Pirates in MTN 8 final

Sikhosana is convinced that Pirates deserved the title more than their opponents, and says the Bucs faithful should not blame Roger de Sa for the loss


By Ernest Makhaya

Orlando Pirates legend Jerry Sikhosana has told Goal that Platinum Stars were fortunate to beat the Buccaneers to the MTN 8 title on Saturday night.

Pirates went 3-1 down to Dikwena on penalties, and Sikhosana says the Rustenburg-based club implemented defensive system to frustrate Bucs.

“I believe the game is won by goals, and Pirates were let down by their finishing yesterday. But, I have to be honest; Platinum Stars were lucky to win last night, because they sat back and defended the entire game. Pirates were superior. They just couldn’t score,” Sikhosana told Goal.

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Sikhosana is hopeful that Pirates can put their MTN 8 disappointments behind them and focus on doing well in the Caf Champions League, and he is certain that the boys won’t fail the nation.

“I don’t thinking their failure to win the MTN 8 will kill their morale in the Caf Champions League. The players know that everybody is looking at them to do well in Africa and I am certain that they will do it,” he said.

The former Bafana forward has urged the Pirates fans not to put the blame on coach Roger de Sa for the team’s loss to Platinum Stars.

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“I think it’s unfair to blame the coach when the team has lost. The critics directed to Roger [de Sa] have been really unfair, because the fans don’t praise him when Pirates win the games.

“He doesn’t have to take the blame. He has done well under difficult circumstances. He reached the MTN 8 final and now the team is in the Caf Champions League semi-final. Nobody gave him a chance, but he did well,” added Sikhosana.

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