Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral has confirmed that Brighton Mhlongo has been brought back into the starting line-up, as a result of Felipe Ovono’s mistakes between the sticks.
Mhlongo was in goals for Pirates in their 2-1 win over Ajax Cape Town last night. Having started the season as Bucs’ number one under Ertugral, Ovono now finds himself facing a bleak future at the Soweto giants, after conceding some questionable goals in the opening two games of the season.
Speaking after his team’s victory over Ajax in Cape Town, Ertugral explained why Ovono was dropped from Pirates’ 18-man match day squad.
“These things happen in a game. Obviously, when you concede a goal it’s a chain of mistakes, it’s not only one. In the end it’s the goalkeeper. Obviously, those were easy situations, he knows that himself, we don’t need to go into that. He was down a bit. He let the team down and that’s how he felt. I had a slight chat with him and it was difficult to continue with him in this game. He seemed a little bit fine when he returned from the national team because he didn’t concede in the national team,” said Ertugral.
The Turkish coach says Mhlongo showed professionalism when the Equatorial Guinea goalkeeper was the preferred first choice ahead of him.
“What I loved about last two weeks is how professional Brighton was because he was the standing goalkeeper until I took him off. Obviously we explained why and for what reasons and he took that so professionally. I take my hat off to him. Because of this professionalism and how he conducted himself, this is why he got the respect and why he was in goal,” explained Ertugral.