Free State Stars coach Nikola Kavazovic says Orlando Pirates were the superior team


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Goals from Musa Nyatama and Justin Shonga condemned Stars to a 2-1 defeat at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

The first half barely provided any goal-mouth action, but Kavazovic claims Pirates got two quick-fire goals due to their star quality.

“Congratulations to ‘Micho’ and his technical team. You can see that they are rising their form. The end of the season is coming but they are playing better and better and they are rising their form,” the former Township Rollers mentor told SuperSport TV.

“In the first half they had full domination of ball possession, I’m pretty sure it was more than 70 percent. But I must mention that in the first half we fully controlled the game. We let them to play because we wanted to let them play. We closed all the channels where they can express their superiority and we controlled all dangerous areas in our goal and they didn’t have one single shot in the first half.

“We conceded two goals in a very short period, that is why Pirates are one of two remaining contenders for the title. What is separating them and [Mamelodi] Sundowns with other teams is that they have masters in their teams. The rest of us don’t have the [kind of] players they have. Thanks to their individual qualities they scored two quick goals.

“We made three great substitutions and the last 25 minutes we controlled the ball. We controlled the situation on the field. I can say we deserved the equaliser but the better team won at the end of the day. I wish Pirates well in the rest of the season and wish them a Champions title,”