Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
3 Jun 2021
9:31 am

Baroka coach Thoka blames lack of concentration for Pirates defeat

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

The defeat saw Bakgaga fall down to 10th place on the log with 33 points.

Thoka Matsemela, coach of Baroka FC says lack of concentration cost them the game against Orlando Pirates. (Steve Haag/BackpagePix)

Baroka FC coach Matsemela Thoka says his charges lack of concentration cost them three points after losing 2-1 to Orlando Pirates in a DStv Premiership match at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday.

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The home side allowed Pirates to come back into the game after they scored the first goal of the match thanks to Dernwin Farmer, before Gabadinho Mhango levelled the scores and Terrence Dzukamanja scored the winner in the dying moments of the game.

The defeat saw Bakgaga fall down to 10th place on the log with 33 points, while the Buccaneers leap-frogged Golden Arrows to third place after collecting 49 points.

With one game to the end of the season, Matsemela says they will be looking to conclude their campaign on a positive note by getting a win against Swallows FC at the Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday.

“Tough match, we were not expecting to lose this game. Now we will have to look at our next game against Swallows. But we need to fix our concentration, those two goals…we scored, instead of concentrating we allowed them to equalise. Now (last minutes) they had a short corner, we are not passing the message (at the back) and we allowed them to score. Lack of concentration killed us,” said Matsemela.

“We need to finish the season with a good result. We need to go and play against Swallows with a good spirit so that we can get those three points so that finish the league with a win. We can’t afford to lose two games in a row. We need get something out of the Swallows game on Saturday.