Posted On Sunday, 11th August 2013
Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa has lashed at his profligate strikers for failing to score in the defeat to Amazulu – forgetting he is probably the cause of it after refusing to sign Ghanaian striker Yakubu Mohammed.
The former AshantiGold hitman had trials with the Buccaneers earlier last month but was not signed following a damning judgement by coach De Sa.
De Sa claimed the Ghanaian striker was not fit and struggled to even come through 30 minutes in a warm up game during the trials.
The former Ghana Premier League goal king contender was sent packing with a bruised reputation which was only salvaged by Maritzburg United who decided he was worth the gamble.
Yakubu repaid this immense faith and confidence reposed in him by scoring on his league debut to hand Maritzburg their first win of the season last week against Polokwane City.
Orlando Pirates on the other hand suffered a painful 1-0 loss to Amazulu in their first PSL game of the season.
It was however the team’s impotence in front of goal that came into sharp focus after several glorious goalscoring opportunities were spurned.
“I am obviously disappointed. One shot at goal from them and one goal, and we had the rest of the game, we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net,” said De Sa.
“We didn’t play particularly bad, we played pretty well I thought, it was just a lapse of concentration on the goal, but apart from that we had too many chances to score and we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
“As the game went on it created more and more pressure. It is not new to us and it is something we continue to work on every day, we just can’t score.”
De Sa could have clearly made do of Yakubu’s goalscoring prowess in the defeat to Amzazulu.
He will by now be licking his wounds for passing such a damning but woefully poor judgement on the Ghanaian striker is he has become an instant hit at Maritzburg.