- Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena has compared his team to the world famous Mona Lisa painting
- Mokwena says that he was in awe watching his players in their defeat to bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday
- Orlando Pirates scored first, but had a man sent off and eventually lost on penalties
Orlando Pirates tasted defeat at the hands of Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, but Rhulani Mokwena is still feeling upbeat.
The Buccaneers coach even went so far as to compare his team to a timeless work of art.
Chiefs eventually prevailed in the Telkom Knockout fixture on penalties.
KickOFF.com reported that Mokwena will take a lot from the defeat as he lauded his players.
Mokwena said, "I was saying outside, in certain moments I felt like I was Pablo Picasso, admiring the Mona Lisa painting because you just cannot – when you love football – help but admire the Orlando Pirates players."
Pirates took the attack to Chiefs in the early stages and were rewarded with a well-crafted goal in the first half.
However, Pirates had a man sent off when Mthokozisi Dube received his marching orders from the referee and Mokwena feels it proved to be the turning point.
The Pirates mentor explained that his team conceded while they were in the process of adjusting to the numerical disadvantage.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mokwena admired the extra work put in by his players.
Mokwena added, "You could see with the pressure, but with regards to how they covered the pitch, galvanised and motivated each other – they were colossal, they were beasts."
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