The reigning PSL champions are now nine points behind log leaders SuperSport United after 10 rounds of matches following their 1-1 draw against Moroka Swallows at Orlando Stadium last night.
The Buccaneers needed a late equaliser from defender Happy Jele to salvage a point after David Mathebula had given Swallows the lead in the 30th minute. Swallows looked to be cruising towards all three points, but a lapse of concentration cost them dearly.
With 20 matches to go, Leal admits that they have not had as good a start as they would have wanted, but insists that he is not losing patience.
“For sure, it is not a good result since we were playing at home and were expected win, but at the end of the day it was one point that will help us on the road.
“I was not satisfied with the overall performance; we have played better in previous games, but today we had to make three changes due to injuries and it was not easy to play with the changes we made.” Are you losing patience with Bucs? Have your say on Facebook HERE.
Leal, however, was quick to point out that last season, Mamelodi Sundowns were ahead by seven points after almost the same number of games, but went on to drop points and ultimately lost the League title.
“Last season, after the nine games, Pirates were almost in the same situation. We were fifth with some teams close behind and one or two ahead of us by as much as nine points,” he says.
“We have not regained our momentum since our loss to Maritzburg. On the other hand, SuperSport are having a good start. But we are working hard, especially on finishing because this is the only thing that makes a team win.
“The competition will be played up to the last game and I’m a Brazilian and Brazilians never give up. We will keep on fighting and preparing our team for the long road ahead.”