Augusto Palacios calm despite Orlando Pirates taking just one keeper to Cape Town
Posted: 16 February 2017 Time: 09:08
Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Augusto Palacios is not sweating his current goalkeeping crisis, claiming several of his outfield players are more than capable of standing between the sticks.
Pirates are set to travel to Cape Town City on Saturday with only one official goalkeeper, Siyabonga Mpontshane, as Jackson Mabokgwane is suspended after being sent off against Bidvest Wits last night while Brighton Mhlongo is still nursing a hamstring injury he picked up against Platinum Stars last week.
Defender Happy Jele, scorer of Pirates' only goal on the night, eventually took up the number-one jersey after Mabokgwane was red carded against the Students and did exceptionally well under the circumstances, even though the Bucs went on to lose the game 2-1.
Besides Jele, Palacios revealed that both striker Tendai Ndoro and defender Thabo Matlaba can also do well in the goalkeeping department.
"First it's Happy, second [choice] is Tendai Ndoro and then Thabo Matlaba," said 'Njenje'.
Pirates will, however, hope it doesn't have to come down to that, with the Buccaneers' focus against Cape Town City being to snap their seven-game winless run in the Premiership, which includes four defeats and stretches back to November last year.