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Ovono ready to bounce back - Muhsin

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa | Oct 19, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bucs coach Muhsin Ertugral says Felipe Ovono is now in a good frame of mind to play again after the goalkeeper's howlers cost the team dearly.

The Equatorial Guinea international was at fault for a goal scored by Golden Arrows, but Pirates went on to win 4-1. Ovono was immediately thrust back into the spotlight when his mistakes led to Bidvest Wits beating Pirates 2-1 in the MTN8 quarterfinal. Ovono was then dropped for the next match against Ajax Cape Town and Brighton Mhlongo took his place.

"If he had played the third time and made the same mistakes, his career would be in jeopardy. His body language after the second goal he conceded [against Wits], it was just devastating and heartbreaking for the boy. The body language I saw from outside was that, 'I'm helpless'.

"We obviously had talks and the next week he went to the national team and he didn't concede a goal. You can see at training sessions that he is again back and he is laughing and smiling.

"Obviously, the competition is on and we also have Jackson [Mabokgwane]. Brighton is being pushed now in every training session from two goalkeepers that are very good, and that makes my job easier. But Ovono is back and you can see in the training sessions that he is confident." -


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