Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has explained why decided to withdraw Bongani Sam after his impressive showing.
The Buccaneers failed to score for a second straight DStv Premiership clash after their goalles draw with Golden Arrows on Wednesday evening.
Sam was given a rare start for the Soweto giants, but only lasted an hour as Zinnbauer reveals the 23-year-old was tired.
"The subs Sam made a good game but a lot of time [not playing], he was a little bit tired and we changed, we got a bit of freshness, with Hotto more power upfront, the subs were okay but we didn't have the luck that we need," the German-born coach told SuperSport.
"I cannot say the team is not working but we did not have the luck to get the goal for a win. You have to play, work on it, it's coming, it's football. You try it, you have chances and you don't score.
"The opponent had the same problem, they had opportunities. You have opportunities and you don't score you cannot win," he added.
Zinnbauer also lamented his side decision-making in the final third as they struggled to trouble Arrows shot-stopper Sifiso Mlungwana
"Tough game, a lot of work but not the luck that we need, in the first-half a lot of playing close the box but the final ball was not correct, a lot of turnover overload on the side, overload inside the box but the final pass not correct," he added.
"The second-half both sides running, both teams looking for three points we tried we did not have the luck we need, we scored but offside, we also had a good situation to score a cross but it's always a step too late, then you get a draw. We wanted three points, it's not a discussion for us, the team works but we did not get the results that we want."
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