Orlando Pirates' Augusto Palacios gives Jackson Mabokgwane space after Bloemfontein Celtic howler
Posted: 21 December 2016 Time: 14:10
Augusto Palacios insists he had no business speaking to Jackson Mabokgwane last night after the Orlando Pirates goalkeeper’s horrendous blunder contributed to the loss to Bloemfontein Celtic.
Celtic midfielder Lantshene Phalane flighted a ball from his own half targeting Ayanda Dlamini who was running between Edwin Gyimah and Ayanda Gcaba, and as Mabokgwane committed the ball took a bounce between him and his two central defenders.
Sensing that the bounce will lead to the ball going wide Mabokgwane misjudged the delivery allowing it to gracefully flow into the net for the Celtic equaliser on 77 minutes for the softest goal that Phalane will ever score.
Though such blunders are associated with primary school football or Sunday league football and not a Bafana Bafana keeper, Palacios maintains it is not his custom to be engaging players after a defeat.
Mabokgwane now joins the other two Pirates keepers Felipe Ovono and Brighton Mhlongo on the comedy of errors seat.
“I don’t speak to players after they lose,” reveals Palacios.
“What are you going to say? The players will say ‘sorry coach’…sorry for what when the game is finished. Sorry for what when that is not going to change the result. I cannot speak to Jackson. What are you going to tell him? He is a human being and he makes mistakes. The answer for me is three points and I cannot be going to him, to tell him what? I don’t talk to the players after a loss and have these strong meetings. When we lose the players think differently and we only have to wait for the next day,” says Palacios.
As it stands three of the four goalkeepers in the Pirates first team have had a chance to play and have all committed horrible mistakes between the posts this season, leaving Siyabonga Mpontshane as the only one yet to be handed his opportunity between the posts.