Its the end of the Nedbank Cup road Pirates as they were knocked out of following a 1-0 defeat to Supersport United.
Eric Tinkler’s side looked the better team at some points in the first half, but squandered all chances created, before a beautiful Jeremy Brockie goal in the second half saw United win the tie an make the last 8 of the competition.
The three that impressed:
Brighton Mhlongo: He continues to grow from strength to strength as the first choice goalkeeper and the goal minder was one of Pirates’ best players on the evening, before being beaten by a powerful ball from Brockie that separated the two teams and I was very impressed with his performance.
Issa Sarr: the Pirates hard man was very effective throughout the match protecting the defence, while he combined very well with his midfield partners.
Oupa Manyisa: the Pirates skipper was very solid and gave Supersport’s midfielders a tough time, leading to Dove Wome being yellow carded as he failed to cope with the pace of Manyisa, who threatened Matsatsantsa the whole match.
The three that disappointed:
Kermit Erasmus: there is no doubt that many Pirates supporters including myself are disappointed with the lack of goals for the striker. Our technical team have not lost hope in the striker, but he has not lived up to expectations and should be benched so that the same chance can be given to the other striker especially Lehlohonolo Majoro, who has always delivered when given a fair chance.
Thabo Matlaba: despite being busy for the better part of the match, Thabo has not be the same player we know to be and his lack of goals in recent matches says it all about his not satisfying performances for a player of his abilities.
Thandani Ntshumayelo: he lacked the bite that he usually helps Pirates win the midfield battle and it did not come as a surprise when he was taken of in the second half. Perhaps it was not necessary in this match to have both Sarr and Ntshumayelo in the starting line-up and Bucs should have gone for more attacking options.