Ntsikelelo Nyauza looking ahead under Augusto Palacios
Posted: 18 November 2016 Time: 12:26
Orlando Pirates defender Ntsikelelo Nyauza says their 6-1 defeat to SuperSport United is now a thing of the past as the team prepares to host Free State Stars at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
Pirates matched their heaviest ever loss against SuperSport at Mbombela Stadium on November 11, prompting the resignation of head coach Muhsin Ertugral.
Bucs' head of development Augusto Palacios was subsequently appointed interim coach and oversaw a 2-1 win over Highlands Park in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals last time out.
"With the 6-1 defeat, it's the past. We now focus on the future," says Nyauza, who is well aware The Ghost expects silverware as the club's 80th birthday approaches.
"We are focusing on the remaining games. The league still has a long way to go. We still have to play the second round. We are still in the first round, it's still early. We can't dwell on the past but focus on the future to achieve our goals. It's not going to be easy. We have to play for our supporters. We have to win one or two cups to celebrate our 80th anniversary."
Nyauza hopes Palacios's focus on discipline rubs off on the Buccaneers' style of play. The Peruvian has notably banned his players from using their cell phones when in camp.
"He is a good coach. He is a funny person. He is intelligent. Tactically he is also good. It's about discipline. I have nothing against that (cell phone ban). If he feels that should happen, we should do it as players because he is the coach at the end of the day. We have to listen to him and maybe this will also help apply discipline in our game so that we win and get points."