Krol blames it on 'SA problem'
Posted: 21 February 2010 Time: 9:27 am
Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol says his team's goalless draw against bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs was due to a "South African problem".
The Dutchman again lamented poor finishing for his side's failure to score. It was a successive 0-0 draw between the two sides, maintaining Krol's unbeaten run against Amakhosi in his two seasons at Bucs. When quizzed over why the last two Derbies have ended goalless which is apparently a first in the history of the Soweto Derby, Krol puts the blame squarely on the players.
"We create chances in every match, but this is a South African problem. You see players who are 28, 29, 30 missing chances… I can't change it," he says.
"I try my best. Lucas (Thwala) scored nine goals last season, but he couldn't score today. You can tell me how many goals has our top scorer (Thwala) last year scored now?" Krol asks.
Thwala has scored three goals this season in 19 League games this season, including Saturday's Derby, compared to his nine goals in 32 appearances in all competitions last season.
However, Thwala came close to scoring in the 61st minute when his powerful header from a set piece was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Itumeleng Khune.
Krol insists it was an interesting game, "It was exciting. The boys fought for the three points, but we didn't get it," he says.