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Orlando Pirates coach praises substitute goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane after AmaZulu draw

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Orlando Pirates coach praises substitute goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane after AmaZulu draw

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic paid tribute to Jackson Mabokgwane’s performance in goal last weekend in Durban.

Mabokgwane started as as replacement for number goalkeeper, Siyabonga Mpontshane, for the 1-1 draw with AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday evening, 6 October 2018.

Mabokgwane was a late call after Mpontshane pulled his calf muscle during the pre-game warm up.

The Bucs took the lead in the fourteenth minute through Augustine Mulenga only to drop two points after Usuthu equalised through Emiliano Tade on 49 minutes.

Sredojevic hinted in his post-game interview with local media that he was unhappy with the Sea Robbers’ finishing, but paid tribute to Mabokgwane for his performance at the other end.

“When one guy has the sunset, one has sunrise,” said ‘Micho’.

“The situation came that Mpontshane got injured. Jackson came in and he had a stunning performance in all aspects – communication with the team, covering the space, shot-stopping was wonderful, and also ball delivery as player number eleven helping us from build-up from behind.”

Pirates has previously been questioned for having three ‘first choice’ goalkeepers and will be happy that its critics have been answered.

“I think being without Mpontshane, you recognise [the power of a team] when you put someone in and he delivers, and I believe that he [Mabokgwane] has delivered today [Saturday evening].”

Pirates’ next Absa Premiership match will be the all mighty Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, 27 October 2018.

Siseko Gwegwe
s.gwegwe@politicalanalysis.co.za

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