Mandla Reacts To CAFCC Final Defeat

David Kappel
May 21, 2022

Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi has reacted to his side’s CAF Confederation Cup final defeat to RS Berkane.


The Buccaneers were beaten 5-4 on penalties after the game had ended 1-1 in extra-time, with Thembinkosi Lorch turning from the hero who scored the 117th minute equaliser to villain after missing his spot-kick.

It was Pirates’ third successive defeat in a CAF inter club competition final after they were also defeated in the 2013 CAF Champions League final and the 2015 CAF Confed Cup.

“I’m very sad for our team. We lost the final and we lost a match that we shouldn’t have lost,” he said after the match.

“It’s a match that we should’ve won in normal time – the story of our season: you create so many chances, you dominate the match, you just don’t do what’s most important, putting the ball in the net.

“I feel for the players because they fought very hard, I feel for the team. It is what is right now, we can’t change it.

“The disappointing part is that it is a final we shouldn’t have lost based on the dominance and the creation of chances that created, but football is like that, if you don’t convert the chances you create, this is the outcome.”

Story by: David Kappel.

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