Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
2 minute read
12 Feb 2016
12:50 pm

Sarr – Everyone is a captain at Pirates

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Orlando Pirates Senegalese midfielder Issa Sarr says everyone in the team carries the same responsibility as the one who wears the armband inside the field at the Buccaneers.

Issa Sarr is challenged Keagan Dolly at Orlando Stadium (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Sarr was handed the captaincy in the team’s 2-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns due to the suspension of stand-in skipper Thabo Matlaba at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

“Everyone in this team is a captain. When you play you must know your responsibility. The armband is just an addition,” said Sarr.

With Ajax Cape Town, Bidvest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns on a continental venture this weekend, Sarr and his teammates will not be in action until next week Wednesday when they take on Free State Stars at Goble Park.

READ: Tinkler laments Pirates’ poor finishing

Meanwhile, the story of a better second- half performance from Pirates continued on Wednesday night, as the Buccaneers fought really hard in the last few minutes for an equaliser in the 2-1 defeat by Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium.

Twice in their last five games Pirates have come from behind to snatch a point as they seem to play much better in the second half than in the first 45 minutes. It all goes back to their incredible 3-3 and 1-1 draws with Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs respectively.

However, things didn’t go according to plan for Pirates coach Eric Tinkler, saying his players didn’t follow his instructions and they could have at least got a point.

“We gave a better performance in the second half; we started to dominate and created chances. But we needed to spread the ball wide more. Because when we did we create chances, but when we went in the middle they managed to deal with that easily,” he said.

“We had certain control in the first 15 minutes. We only got caught twice by long balls to Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat. It put our defence in panic mode. The first goal showed we didn’t stick to the tactic. We dropped too deep in recovery and Castro scored,” he said.

“Tactically we had a plan and if we had followed it then we would have at least got a point.”

With most of his key players out injured, Tinkler maintains that everyone in the team is capable of doing the job, regardless of who is not in the team.

“You can see we’re trying to play but I always expect more from the players who are available regardless of who is missing,” he added.

“The big difference between the two teams was up front – given a chance, they bury it and we don’t do that.”

READ: Sundowns beat Pirates to extend lead