Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena has explained his decision to make six changes against AmaZulu at King Zwelithini on Tuesday night.
Mokwena included Asavela Mbekile, Paseka Mako, Xola Mlambo, Fortune Makaringe, Siphesihle Ndlovu and Gabadinho Mhango in the starting line-up, as the Buccaneers played to a goalless draw with Usuthu.
"I think it was a tactical performance, very balanced from Orlando Pirates, very important with cleansheet, because it gives confidence. It’s a good foundation moving forward," Mokwena said.
"A point on a difficult pitch and against a difficult team, so lots of positives. Six rotations and six changes with little time to prepare, it was a really tactically superior performance from the team. It shows not only the depth and talent, the technical ability from our players, but it also shows that our players really want to fight for the club and represent this club with everything they have."
“Six changes were made today, the four were forced by injuries unfortunately because a schedule like we have at this moment in time, obviously the load will dictate that you're going to lose a couple of players with injuries, and unfortunately that’s what caused four of the changes.
“The other two was from a tactical perspective, you know. We made changes to change the structure slightly – to give the team a little more balance; to have a little more control of the match, present opponents with less chances because our analysis showed us each and every opponent we played against had more chances than us, and I think today was exactly the opposite. We should have wrapped up the game in the first half."
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