'We were outclassed' - Mayoyo gives assessment of Bucs' Carling Black Label Cup defeat

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Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro
Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro

Orlando Pirates legend Innocent Mayoyo admits his former club were outclassed by Mamelodi Sundowns in a one-sided Carling Black Label Cup final.

Sundowns dominated a 10-man Pirates side by 4-0 at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

"We were outclassed, they proved how big the gap still is," Mayoyo tells KickOff.

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"Before we even go to the pitch, we start by looking at the players, depth and the experience of playing tournaments.

"That's where the game was lost.

"We are talking about a team that has two equally good squads.

"Somebody might blame it on the red card, but these people started playing the way they did even when each team had 11 players.

"They knew from the beginning how they wanted to play.

"The whole game Pirates players were unable to pass the ball to their goalkeeper, I mean comfortably.

"Pirates goalkeeper didn't even start one ball from the back.

"But Sundowns were doing that the whole game, they never kicked it forward.


"Sundowns they first go back to go forward.

"The most difficult style of playing football.

"Yes, Pirates they are the closest to Sundowns when it comes to quality, but there's still needs to gel.

"Sundowns sign players to add to players who are already six years at the club.

"So, because of that, it will always be difficult to close the gap between them and the other clubs."

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