Orlando Pirates midfielder Siphesihle Ndlovu wished he was on the field when his side lost 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs in the DStv Premiership Soweto derby at Orlando Stadium last Saturday.
Ndlovu struggles for regular time at the club, and more recently found himself outside the match day roster. He watched the game again this weekend from the stands.
The midfielder was quite disappointed with the result in the derby, but gave his thumbs to his team-mates’ performance in the match and said the focus must now shift to the Nedbank Cup. Bucs will meet Marumo Gallants on Wednesday in the last 16 round at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. †
“Yeah, I guess it just wasn’t our day. I think the boys played very well and gave everything in the game. It was just a shame we couldn’t finish our scoring opportunities in the back of the net. But things like that happen, it’s a game of football after, you just have to understand when it happens like that (lose),” Ndlovu said.
“Now we have to focus on the Nedbank Cup and forget about the derby loss. It’s important that we keep our minds intact because it’s a big game coming our way and we want to do well in the Nedbank Cup. It’s a chance to lift some silverware. But there’s still a long way to go and we know it won’t be easy playing Gallants. They too have their own ambitions in the tournament, but we are going to fight for it. †
While praising his team-mates for their performance in the Soweto derby, Ndlovu isn’t happy that he doesn’t play for Pirates regularly, but believes his pace of work in training will bring him back to the starting lineup.
“The competition for places in the team is very difficult, but as a player you don’t give up, I mean I came here and I played and some players were bought and they also got playing time and things are not the same for me now. We We have a big squad and everyone has to fight for their place in the line-up, so I’m not just going to relax, I’m going to keep working hard.”