Thabo Qalinge sympathises with Orlando Pirates supporters
Posted: 11 February 2016 Time: 20:29
Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabo Qalinge says his club supporters deserve better results after losing seven of their first 18 League matches of the season.
Despite reaching the CAF Confederation Cup Final the Buccaneers have gone through torrid times in domestic football, where they have only won six matches, drew five and lost seven.
With twelve matches remaining before the end of the season, Eric Tinkler’s side is now lying in seventh position on the Absa Premiership log.
“We are not getting result at the moment and our fans deserve the best,” Qalinge tells KickOff.com.
“We will try and get results for them because they are great and they have always been supportive no matter what.
"I think we are not doing anything wrong; it’s just that we are not lucky. It doesn’t matter how much effort you put it, when luck is not on your side there is nothing you can do.
"But that doesn’t mean that we need to stop working. We must keep pushing until we get results we want.
"The supporters’ reaction is always good, and I want to thank them for being supportive and positive towards the team.”
The 24-year-old attacker missed the last two matches due to a contusion but has offered reassurance that he will not be out of action for too long.
“When we played the derby [against Kaizer Chiefs] I got a knock, but I didn’t feel it immediately because I was running a lot.
"After the game I felt a little of an uncomfortable pain but it was not until – two days later – on Monday when the pain got serious.
"I told the team what was wrong but I also told them I will try my best in the match against Ajax Cape Town.
"But it happened that I got a knock in the same place against Ajax and that is when I was substituted.
"Right now I’m getting better because I have already started training with the rest of the team – I honestly don’t think it’s something very serious, I should be back in action soon.”
Bucs will enjoy some down time when CAF competitions and league catch-up fixtures take centre stage this weekend, and return to action next week Wednesday at home to Free State Stars, who face Jomo Cosmos this Saturday.