Coach happy with gritty win
Owen Da Gama, Orlando Pirates' coach, has showered his charges with praise for showing character in their 2-1 win over high-riding Ajax Cape Town on Saturday.
"It was a great thing to come from a goal down and win the game," said Da Gama at a post-match interview for the Absa Premiership clash at Johannesburg Stadium.
"I was very happy with one aspect - that we managed to do well in that rainy weather. We all know that Cape Town clubs are more comfortable in such conditions.
"We have been training in the rain and I was happy with the performance of our players. They showed character."
Da Gama said he was impressed with the level of commitment of the players, and the support from chairman Irvin Khoza and the entire Bucs management.
"Everything is going according to plan. We have three tough games to play before breaking for the festive season holidays.
"We will be away to Platinum Stars in Rustenburg on Wednesday night, host Free State Stars on Saturday and are away to AmaZulu on December 23.
"We need to maintain the winning rhythm, Orlando Pirates are a big brand," said Da Gama, whose plan is to finish 2007 well inside the top eight bracket.
Wilfred "Silver Bullet" Mugeyi, assistant coach of log leaders Ajax, said they were disappointed to lose the match.
"We were just unlucky, [but] the defeat is not the end of the world. We will continue fighting to remain on top of the log until the end of the season."
Ajax's Aiden Jenniker almost got an early goal but hit the crossbar with goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa at his mercy in the 24th minute.
It was Thembinkosi "Terror" Fanteni, Ajax's golden striker, who silenced the Happy People (Pirates fans) when he put the visitors 1-0 up two minutes later. This was after a cross from Russell Mwafulirwa.
But Pirates came back strongly in the second half, pressuring Ajax.
Amabhakabhaka finally levelled matters in the 67th minute when Bennet Chenene was clinical with a header after a neat cross from Lebohang Mokoena.
Bucs went further ahead when captain Lucky Lekgwathi headed in the all-important goal that doomed Ajax to their second defeat of the season.
The side coached by Craig Rosslee's first defeat was a 1-0 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic on August 15.