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Buchanan explains what made the difference as CT Spurs beat Pirates

Cape Town Spurs midfielder Keagan Buchanan has explained what made the difference for his side to beat Orlando Pirates 2-1 in the DStv Premiership clash on Wednesday night.

The mouthwatering showdown took place at DHL Stadium, with Spurs seeking revenge having lost to Pirates in the Carling Black Label Knockout Cup not so long ago. 

The Urban Warriors caused the Buccaneers a lot of problems in the first half, something many football fanatics did not anticipate. 

Goals from Lubeni Haukongo and Jarrod Moroole in the first half were enough to earn the Cape club their first win of the season.

Meanwhile, Evidence Makgopa scored the consolation goal for the Soweto giants, and his first league goal of the campaign.


During a post-match interview, after Buchanan received his Man of the Match accolade for his stellar displays, he revealed what made his side tick last night. 

“It was a matter of applying ourselves. First and foremost, we obviously had to give them respect because they are a quality team,” said Buchanan. 

“But also, not showing that we are intimidated. I think there was a newspaper article where someone spoke and said that this is going to be a warm-up game for Orlando Pirates, like in the Carling Black Label Knockout Cup. 

“The coach put out the article in the change room and said; ‘is this what you want people to think of us?’ Your family reads this and thinks okay, this is a team that plays warm-up games.”

DStv Premiership clash between Cape Town Spurs and Orlando Pirates at DHL Stadium.
DStv Premiership clash between Cape Town Spurs and Orlando Pirates at DHL Stadium

Buchanan continued: “So, we took that and told ourselves we need to show that we belong in this league. 

“Obviously for us, we have been here for a longer time in the system. Now, is to make things easier for younger ones. It’s not nice coming into the league and you lose eight games. It will put that mindset that we are not good enough.

“We need to put in that mindset that they are good enough and show we can survive and not only to survive and show the people that we can play football.” 


The former Kaizer Chiefs player went on to reflect on the game itself. 

“Massive win, I mean, the mental state we are going through, this is my first time in my career, I don’t think I have lost more than two in a row,” he added. 

“All credit to the boys and technical team for the ownership for sticking to us. They have been positive through all of it. This is just a reward for all the hard work. 

“Every session we remind the younger boys that we can turn this around and it starts with a team like Pirates. A big team with quality players. Besides the league form, it’s a quality side and well-coached team. 

“So, for us, I think there’s nothing better than kickstarting the season now with victory against a huge club like Orlando Pirates.”  

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