Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa says he was happy to see his side fight back against Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 Cup semi-final second leg that was played on Tuesday afternoon at the Orlando Stadium.
The Buccaneers needed a penalty that was converted by Lennox Bacela to come back from behind to draw 1-1 against Kaizer Chiefs and win 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-0 win over their rivals away from home in the semi-final first leg.
“I am happy we fought back and we got a goal that helped us to go to the final. We made a half-time substitution after going one down in the opening half and it worked for us because we reacted quickly.” Said RDS in the post match press conference
Orlando Pirates came to this match having had only a day to rest compared to Kaizer Chiefs who had two days to rest and Roger De Sa says they were worried about fatigue but his players responded well especially Sfiso Myeni who picked up a knock in the Sunday’s CAF Champions League match against Al Ahly.
De Sa said “We were having a fatigue going to this match but we started the match on a high tempo and we were catching Chiefs on the counter. I didn’t start with Myeni because he was bit down at training on Monday but he showed hunger when he came on after half-time.
On the other side, Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says his side went to relax after taking the lead and equalising the aggregate score and that might have cost them. “We stopped to attack and played too deep after we took the lead.” Baxter told the reporters after the exciting encounter
“We approached the game in the very positive way and we wanted to make sure we win this game but we allowed Pirates to pass the ball around and feel comfortable but I will analyse our performance and correct our mistakes for the next matches.” Concluded the English born coach