'Pirates were not professional'

Ethekwini accuse Pirates of a lack of professionalism in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 11 March 2012 Time: 12:04 pm

Ethekwini Coastal FC have lashed out at Orlando Pirates for a lack of professionalism after their Nedbank Cup last 32 clash in Durban yesterday.

Ethekwini forced Pirates to dig deep into their reserves to claim a hard fought 1-0 win against the SAB League side.

Club coach Lindani Shezi says he expected his players to gain a lot from the match agaisnt Pirates, not only in terms of experience, but also in terms of professionalism from the Bucs players. But he says pressure brought out the worst in them.

"There were times when my players were down injured, but Pirates kept on playing," Shezi says.

"I remember at one stage [Thandani] Ntshumayelo took the ball out after one of my players got injured, but [the rest of Pirates players] fought with him.

"I expected Pirates to act professional in that regard and guide my players, some of whom were born in 1993 and 1995," Shezi says.

The coach however adds that he did take a few positives away from the historic meeting for his side.

"I must thank both the coach, [Julio] Leal and Benni [McCarthy] for their encouragements to the boys," he says.

"Leal respected me as a coach, and my players. Benni is our own legend and it was good to see him saying some good words to the players after the game."

Shezi confirms that he has already received a few calls from teams enquiring about his players after their good performance.

"We will only look at the offers at the end of the season," he says. "Our focus now is on the League and I have no doubt that if my players continue playing like they did yesterday, we are definately going to get promotion to Vodacom next season.

"We are currently number five and seven points behind the log leaders, but with five games in hand. I am confident that come the end of the season we will be number one."

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 12:19 pm
Pirates players have never act professional, both in the field of play or outside, especially Big headed Jali and Puza face Mahamutsa.
soulstick
posted: 12:26 pm
Hahahaha 5 games in hand???? i smell corruption..... otherwise you have a very good side in ur team esp number 10 and goalkeeper!!!
Anonymous
posted: 12:27 pm
You should have learned that your players are unfit. You should have learned that we are not the chimpanzees who were skinned by TUKS, FC Cape Town, Vasco da Gama and Baroka
T-roc
posted: 12:28 pm
Where is the 30 goals the Pirates fans were shouting about all week. I think Pirates is the only team in this competition to win with such a low scoreline.
Andrew Kaseke
posted: 12:29 pm
poor orlando pirates
Anonymous
posted: 12:30 pm
It's not phuza face, but "vuilpop face" Mahamutsa, I once came across him emerobothini, and he pulled that same face on me in a red Golf, instead of waving as he expected, I pulled off and left him eating dust! I was so fulfiled that I felt like I'm 18 again and driving for the first time! Lol.

As for Jali......as I sais earlier, uliqaba, akaphucukanga. Sies!
Anonymous
posted: 12:31 pm
Tru that Gody. Professional players are Sweswe, Mnwanjale, Mushweki and Arthur Barthman. I guess these guys are all your mentors
Anonymous
posted: 12:31 pm
no one is forced to kickout da ball, and i blame king of hlokoloza khune, dis boys leart dis from him n nyawana tshabalala.
Anonymous
posted: 12:32 pm
sies on this pie lerete institute!!!!!!!!. They Truly excel in mediocrity. How do you explain the fact that they were taken to the limit by a team from a beer league?.
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 12:35 pm
at one stage of the match 2nd Star fc was playing 8-1-1 formation while the high school boys were playing 7-2-1 formation... Simba dance was indeed indoctrinated at 2nd star FET college
Anonymous
posted: 12:38 pm
@thami - dis was a cup game and a goal its enough to take us to last 16, sunkak scored 24 and we scored 1 but we r all going through. U r such an idiot
soulstick
posted: 12:38 pm
Hahahaha 5 games in hand???? i smell corruption..... otherwise you have a very good side in ur team esp number 10 and goalkeeper!!!
Anonymous
posted: 12:46 pm
ANDILE JALI IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL YOUNG PLAYER IN SA AND THE MOST HATED PLAYER IN NATURENA FOR ALL HIS ACHIEVEMENTS WHICH THE LIKES OF LEBESE,MASANGO,BALOZI AND MOLOKWANE CAN ONLY DREAM TO ACHIEVE IN THEIR NEXT LIFETIME:HE WALLS LIKE A CHAMP PLAY LIKE A CHAMP AND TALK LIKE A CHAMP!!
Anonymous
posted: 12:47 pm
Mazimuzimu 101 was mastered.......
Anonymous
posted: 12:48 pm
Again Pirates did what they do best i.e breaking hearts.
Yellow 4ever and Beyond
posted: 12:49 pm
heheh..sea robbers my black african ass...
ofcoz they are unprofessional..their players are thiefs and thugs..
El Kampion
posted: 12:51 pm
Which rule says that when an opposition player is down you must kick a ball outside?And wena Shezi even your players at one stage didnt put the ball out when their own player was down and expected Bucs players to put it out when they lost position....TO HELL WIV U AND ALL PPL WHOS SUPPORT UR PAP VIEWs
\\\Double.TREBLE\\\
posted: 12:51 pm

As a Pirates supporter everything other teams do does not hurt/concern me for that matter but Pirates seems to be hurting lot of people, why???

Jealous makes people nasty, wishin some1 bad luck u only cursin urself.
\\\Double.TREBLE\\\
posted: 12:51 pm

As a Pirates supporter everything other teams do does not hurt/concern me for that matter but Pirates seems to be hurting lot of people, why???

Jealous makes people nasty, wishin some1 bad luck u only cursin urself.
El Kampion
posted: 12:56 pm
Bobby is the one who called this attention seeker Shezi, who else could it be?

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