Pirates star bemoans conditions

Nedbank Cup

Orlando Pirates managed to pip Uthongathi FC in their Nedbank Cup last 32 clash on Saturday and one star admitted the Orlando Stadium pitch is not up to standard.

Pirates edged their GladAfrica Championship opponents to advance to the Last 16 of the competition, thanks to Gabadinho Mhango's lone goal.

Having set up the all-important assist for Mhango, Hotto admitted it was not the easiest of challenges the Buccaneers have faced as he admitted the playing surface also made it that much tougher to play their usual brand of football.

View the gallery above to recap on the action from Orlando Stadium on Saturday

"It was a difficult game, there's no easy games in this league. You could see they were coming but we managed to get the result," Hotto told the club's media team.

"The pitch... The conditions don't allow us to play but we need to go through the pain. 

"For us as players it wasn't as difficult because our video analyst guys had footage of them so they helped us a lot to see where their weaknesses are and where they are strong.

"We are through to the next round and ja, all focus is now going to the league - the Tuesday game, which is Cape Town City. This one is gone so we just need to focus on the next match."

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