By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
ORLANDO Pirates head coach, Ruud Krol has defended the club’s off-form midfielder Teko Modise’s performace against Kaizer Chiefs during the Saturday night’s first leg match of the MTN Cup’ semifinal.
Modise was contineously booed by the Pirates’ fans who also asked for his replacement due to his poor performnace during this match attendended by more than 75 000 specatators at the FNB Stadium. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
“I Don’t think Modise perfomed badly. In fact, I believe he is getting over his slump and will be better than ever. It will not be long before he is back to his best,” said Krol.
Krol also blamed media for making Modise to look like a bad performer.
“I Think you media make too much of his bad form because I don’t think Modise is struggling. We all lose form at some stage during our careers, and that is the reason we believe that he will bounce back to big time for the club,” added Krol
As it has been the case, the match between the Soweto giants was full of missed opportunities by either side, much to the frustrations of fans and technical teams equally.
Pirates who are still to win a silver-ware in many years were the first to draw blood in the 47th minute, Isaac Chansa who went on to win Man of the Match. This after the Zambian-born star who was on fire in this match connected a well taken corner kick by Daine Klate.
After taking the lead, Chansa and company went to their slumberland, allowing Chiefs who won this competition in 2008 to equalised via the free-scoring Knowledge Musona after connecting well with Jimmy Tau’s cross in the 60th minutes. This goal, Musona’ second in this competition dubbed Wafa Wafa which will see the winner taking home R8 million could be vital to the mighty Amakhosi should the two side play to a goalless in the second leg scheduled for September 26 at the same venue.
Chiefs head coach, Vlidimir Vermezovic has since warned his players not to be over excited because they haven’t won this match
“We might be having an away goal advantage, but that does not we have won the match and that is the reason I am going to instruct my players to go for goals instead of a goalless draw in our second leg. Pirates will have to come to us and I am expecting another good match,” said Vermezovic.
In another MTN 8 semifinal match played at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on Sunday, September 12, Ajax Cape Town were forrced to a goalless draw by Moroka Swallows.
Ajax have themselve to blame after missing a number of scoring opportunities in their own backyard. The second leg take place at the Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday, September 25.