Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral refused to put the blame on goalkeeper Felipe Ovono despite him being at fault for both Bidvest Wits goals.
The Buccaneers, like their big Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs, are out of the MTN8 after a 2-1 defeat at Bidvest Stadium in which Ovono flapped and fumbled all game long.
“We cannot only blame him, it’s an ongoing process [the team’s performances and selecting the first-choice goalkeeper],” Ertugral told SuperSport after the match.
“He didn’t play last season a lot so we gave him that trust and obviously now on two occasions he was a bit problematic, especially the second goal.
“But in the end he doesn’t want to make the mistake, mistakes happen in the game. We needed to be a little more alert in the situations where we knew Wits had been strong, so I will take the blame.”
Questioned on Brighton Mhlongo’s future and how he is going to decide on the player between the sticks after Ovono’s poor game, Ertugral was diplomatic.
“[Brighton] Mhlongo is a very good goalkeeper, we needed competition in that department, we have also Jackson Mabokgwane who is a Bafana-selected player so we’ll work on it. But obviously we are very disappointed and I will take the blame.”
Ertugral also appealed to the supporters to take note that Pirates played a 4-4-2 formation.
“I heard 4-4-2, 4-4-2. We played 4-4-2 the whole game nearly, so for those who weren’t happy we played 4-4-2,” the coach added.