Mokwena - 'We accept defeat with utmost humility'

Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena said the club could not use Milutin Sredojevic's resignation as an excuse for their MTN8 defeat.

Sredojevic tendered his resignation at the Buccanneers on Friday due to 'personal reasons', with his assistant Mokwena taking over at the helm of the Soweto giants.

Having lost 3-0 to Supersport United in midweek, Pirates suffered the ignominy of being knocked out of the MTN8 in the first round with a 1-0 defeat to Highlands Park at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

Mokwena admitted it was a 'difficult match' for his side and that there was plenty to work on in the coming days to get the season back on track.

“Difficult match against a very difficult opponent. You can see we’ve had a lot of things happening within us in the last 48-hours,” Mokwena told SuperSport.

“But there’s no excuses, we’ll go back and try to improve. We accept the defeat with utmost humility.

“Not enough [chances created], you can see we are a team that still needs a few more training sessions. Unfortunately there’s a congestion with the fixture list and that doesn’t give you time to fix some of the things.

“At this moment we’ve had to do a lot of analysis, use video to improve the team and cover some of the cracks in the interim.

“But keep on working to try and improve; work on the players’ confidence because the most important thing is to bounce back and help these players to continue to believe in themselves and believe in the way we have been playing."