Ethekwini accuse Pirates of a lack of professionalism in Nedbank Cup
Posted: 11 March 2012 Time: 12:04
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."