Sunday, February 24, 2013

Poor Pirates pathetically lose 4-1 to amateurs

Orlando Pirates write history at will. As double treble champions (two consecutive seasons winning three titles per season), they were beaten 4-1 in one title they are defending and by a team four levels below their stature. Pirates are former African champions and they are still in the running to win that title and of course the local championship.

Maluti FET College were 2-0 up by half time and had the luxury of missing a penalty kick in the second half. No matter what the Ghosts did, they were never going to reap anything on the day. Despite their experience and talent, they were found wanting mentally and failed to cope with unconventional lower division football.

It was a Pirates side that could have dismembered giants like Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns. They were unstuck as many expected the 24-0 drubbing that the Nedbank Cup produced last season when Sundowns dished out a thumping to amateurs. It was Pirates who had a lesson to learn from the College boys from the the Free State province.

A defeat would have been embarrassing, but four goals were a little too much to bear. The novice way the goals were conceded would be a worry for the coach but the glaring truth was how bad the attitude of the players was. Carelessness in both attack and defensive tactics was unbelievably horrible. Pirates actually conceded the first goal in 40 seconds.