Rhulani: We like to make it difficult


Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Rhulani Mokwena felt his charges created enough opportunities to walk away with three points against Maritzburg United.

The Buccaneers could not find the back of the net as they played to goalless draw with the Team of Choice on Tuesday evening at Orlando Stadium.

Mokwena, however, did feel that Justin Shonga's effort in the final stages crossed the line.

"We like to make it difficult, my middle name is Mlungisi [meaning; the one who fixes], so I think sometimes the players try and test how much I can fix certain things, so it's a test to see how difficult they can make things for me, but we keep going and we try to fix," Mokwena told SuperSport TV.

"First chance in the first half with Kabelo Dlamini one-on-one with the goalkeeper and of course [Richard] Ofori makes a very good save and well deserved Man of the Match [award] because he made a lot of top saves to keep them in the game," he continued.

"We created a lot of chances and that chance of [Justin] Shonga that hit the crossbar, I still have to analyse and check but from where I was sitting, maybe not the whole circumference [of the ball] crossed the line but from where I'm sitting it looks like it's over the goal-line but I stand to be corrected, I don't know."

The young tactician brushed off the idea that losing Happy Jele may be a big blow ahead of the derby against Chiefs over the weekend.

"Not really, we've got enough ammunition, we've got 34 players at Orlando Pirates, so we don't complain about losing anybody, today we didn't have [Thembinkosi] Lorch from suspension, we didn't have [Mthokozisi] Dube from suspension but we managed to put on a strong team on the pitch.

"They gave their all to win the game, that's all you can ask for, even when they were one man down, ten versus 11, you couldn't really tell once more which team was man short, so like I said, Mlungisi needs to go back to the drawing board.

"If you look at the incidents and check how the yellow cards came...err the only thing is just to be consistent [match officials], I remember playing against Cape Town City at the very same stadium and [Thamsanqa] Mkhize was on a second yellow [card] and the referee had the yellow in his pocket and then he put it back to his pocket. For me all it says we just need a bit of consistency but I don't want to talk about referees.

"You know my stance, they need help, whatever assistance they can get, be it goal-line technology, be it VAR [Video Assistant Referee], I don't know, be it human resources, more from the educational perspective, I don't know. But it is what it is, my focus is on trying to be the best coach I can be for Orlando Pirates at this moment in time and not to speak on behalf of referees," he added.