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Komphela: Oupa, Sarr posed big challenge

Posted: 6 May 2015 Time: 23:05

Maritzburg United coach Steve Komphela felt Orlando Pirates posed less of a threat when pressure was applied on midfielders Oupa Manyisa and Issa Sarr in a 1-1 draw with Bucs on Wednesday.

United were forced to share the spoils at Harry Gwala Stadium, as Deolin Mekoa's deflected shot was cancelled out by Kermit Erasmus's 65th minute strike for the visitors.

"We had a disciplined first half. Up until the second half we knew the challenge could come from anywhere where we dropped our line of confrontation," Komphela said.

"Just before we could tweak our structure to create more lines, so Orlando Pirates could find two or three lines before going through to the goalkeeper, they scored. And as soon as we did that it got better.

"But the biggest challenge tonight, we needed to get closer to Manyisa. We needed to get closer to Issa Sarr. As soon as we did that, then it was a bit quiet.

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"But clearly when you play intentionally so, giving the opponents the ball and wanting to hit on the counter, you have to make it a point every time you come up it must be telling. It must either go out for a goalkick or it becomes a goal."

The result leaves the Team of Choice in eighth spot on the table ahead of their season-ending fixture with struggling AmaZulu on Saturday.

Pirates, whose hopes of finishing second and earning a ticket to the CAF Champions League were dashed by Mamelodi Sundowns, will conclude their League campaign against Ajax Cape Town hoping to hang onto third place.

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