Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
19 Oct 2016
4:51 pm

City draw reminds Mhlongo of treble triumph

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Pirates won the treble 'by forcing matters', says the goalkeeper.

Brighton Mhlongo of Orlando Pirates (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo says their late equaliser against Polokwane City last weekend is what made them win the treble in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons.

Tendai Ndoro scored with a header in stoppage time, cancelling out Puleng Tlolane’s strike early in the first, which seemed to have captured maximum points for Rise and Shine.

“We took the initiative towards the end, and it worked when the chips were down. Lucky Lekgwathi and Siyabonga Sangweni scored vital late goals that way,” said Mhlongo.

“Getting a draw out of a bad result shows character, and it boosted our confidence. That’s how we won the treble – by forcing matters.”

During the City game, Mhlongo revealed that coach Muhsin Ertugral was fuming and sent defenders forwarded to attack.

“Coach was fuming when we broke formation and sent the defenders forward to hunt for goals. It put Polokwane under pressure as well.”