The Citizen (KZN)

Bucs ‘full value’ for Usuthu victory

- Khaya Ndubane

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro (right) was full of praise for his charges following their hardfought victory over AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

The Buccaneers came back from a goal down to win 4-2 and reached the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup.

Hendrick Ekstein gave AmaZulu the lead but Patrick Maswangany­i converted a controvers­ially-awarded penalty on the stroke of half-time and Kabelo Dlamini put Pirates 2-1 up in the 58th munute.

Taariq Fielies equalised for AmaZulu but late goals from Makhelene Makhaula and another from Maswangany­i gave the Buccaneers a place in the semifinals against Chippa United.

Riveiro believes Pirates were the better team and they deserved the win against Usuthu.

“That was a proper football game, no?” Riveiro told

SuperSport TV after the match.

“I think it was a good show from the beginning. We started the game very well, with a number of chances to get a comfortabl­e advantage, we couldn’t (score the goals). They capitalise­d on one mistake in our organisati­on, in a lateral cross.”

“We came back just before half-time to 1-1 and I think it was not maybe at the level of the firsthalf from our side, but we still dominated and created chances. I’m happy for the boys, they fought hard.

“We played football when it was time to play football, we fought when it was time to fight. The cup games are like this, you have to play three, four different games inside 90 minutes and I think we were better in all of them,” added the Spanish coach.

“Today I’m not surprised but impressed with the way the team competed. We played good football but we also played with the heart. They played for the fans and the atmosphere today [Sunday] was incredible.”

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