Mosimane remains hopeful despite loss

Pitso Mosimane says his team deserved to walk away with a draw as a result of injuries.

Pitso Mosimane. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Pitso Mosimane believes his Mamelodi Sundowns side deserved at least a point from their game against Orlando Pirates.

The Brazilians lost 1-0 to the Buccaneers in the league on Tuesday night. Khethokwakhe Masuku was the goal scorer from a tap-in.

Having seen his side create chances, but fail to convert, Mosimane says his team should have received something from the game.

"I think at least a draw could have been a fair result for us. But with all those players who lacked match fitness, we still showed integrity and we still showed we have the will to win. We attacked and showed the desire to want to score, but unfortunately we didn't achieve that."

Mosimane has also refused to rule his side out of the title race,despite Sundowns now trailing log leaders Kaizer Chiefs by nine points.

Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler was proud of his side's performance during the game. The team managed the victory without new signing Lehlohonolo Majoro.

"I'd assume if he is now available, he'll be joining us at training as of Wednesday. Like everybody else, he's going to have to prove himself and work extremely hard to get into the squad. This club doesn't have space for super stars, everybody puts in the same amount of work."

Tinkler has also given an update on the work permit of new coach Vladimir Vermozovic.

"I believe he's not in the country as yet. There have been issues about him getting his visa. I'm assuming within the next couple of days he'll be around and then we'll get the opportunity to meet and map a way forward."