Orlando Pirates midfielder Xolani Mlambo not satisfied with the point against Highlands Park
Posted: 4 August 2018 Time: 23:03
Orlando Pirates midfielder Xolani Mlambo felt the Buccaneers 'definitely' deserved to beat Highlands Park, but admitted a draw is not a bad start.
Justin Shonga's second-half penalty cancelled out Wayne Sandilands' howler as Pirates drew 1-1 with the Lions of Teranga in their opening Absa Premiership clash.
Mlambo, who was named Man of the Match, claims the team is not pleased with only picking up a point.
“I’d like to thank the supporters for coming out to support us. It was definitely not an easy game. It’s the first game of the season, we missed our chances we could have buried it but we were unfortunate,” the former Mlambo told SuperSport TV.
“I’m grateful that my teammates, the technical team have made put all the effort it’s just that we didn’t get the results we wished to get. A 1-1 draw is not a bad start. But we’re not happy about it. We definitely deserved to win this game.
“In preparing for the for the new season the technical team, management put on a great effort for the pre-season. I reckon we are the only team that made the pre-season that we had. We went to Mpumalanga, we went to Zambia and we came back to play in Cape Town. It shows they’re [management] supporting us. We just need to reward them in the field of play.”
Mlambo was bullish when he was asked about the team’s ambitions for the new season.
“We definitely want to compete for everything that’s there for us. It’s not good to be easy but we have the backing of a great squad, great technical team and management. With such a great atmosphere from the supporters anything is possible,” he said confidently.