Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic, head coach of Orlando Pirates, watches from the bench during Wednesday night's defeat to Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic refused to make any excuses for his side’s Nedbank Cup exit on Wednesday night following a narrow 1-0 defeat to Cape Town City in the last 16 of the tournament.

The Buccaneers succumbed to a second half strike by Ayanda Patosi in a match that was highly entertaining at the Cape Town Stadium.

“I am not from the school of crybabies so I will not come up with reasons or excuses why we did not win and for that I would like to say sorry to the fans,” Sredojevic, who is now facing a barren season, explained.

“I am not an excuse maker – they are unacceptable, especially when you are in the position that I am in (as Pirates coach). The only thing I am proud of is that I have seen the player’s body language and I can see that everyone tried to give their all. Unfortunately giving their all was not enough in this game.”

Pirates were hoping to reward their supporters with a trophy this season having not been able to win any silverware over the past three years, but Sredojevic had cautioned that it would not be the Absa Premiership, where they are second on the table and trail log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by four points with seven games remaining.

“We lost the game due to one moment of losing concentration,” said a dejected-looking Sredojevic adding that “we had tried to pay attention to every single detail, but the game of football has its unpredictability.”

Pirates return to league action away to Golden Arrows on Sunday.

IOL Sport

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