Pirates' Xoki: My Heart Was Bleeding For Them I Won't Lie

Tapelo Xoki of Orlando Pirates. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
Tapelo Xoki of Orlando Pirates. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Orlando Pirates defender Tapelo Xoki has described the feeling of lifting the MTN8 trophy in front of his former club AmaZulu.

Pirates won the MTN8 this past weekend after edging Usuthu 1-0 in the final and have already switched their focus to the second Soweto Derby clash in a space of two weeks, against Kaizer Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Cup on Saturday.

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Xoki was not used in the 1-0 loss to Chiefs in the league game but has revealed that they know where they went wrong and will be looking to rectify their mistakes.

"We just looked at the game to see what went wrong in that game, try to fix in places we know we went wrong at and try to just play our normal game and do what we normally do," Xoki told journalists in a press conference.

"With the good things that we do, so it's one of those where we just fix where we went wrong, because we do know where we went wrong and we just have to go out to this game and try to correct it."

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Xoki got the chance to start in the final after captain Innocent Maela was ruled out with injury and says they won't get carried away by their MTN8 success in the Carling Black Label Cup, as they like the feeling of winning trophies.

"Once you start training, the victory is finished, celebrations are done, we had our chances to celebrate on the weekend and we did, so now the focus goes to this coming weekend," he went on.

"So we can't really be thinking about the last weekend, we have the chance now to do what we did last weekend and we would like to do it again, it has been a great feeling, so we want to continue with that feeling."

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The former Usuthu captain had to lift the trophy in front of his former employers and teammates at Moses Mabhida Stadium and also revealed that it was not easy for him to celebrate after spending eight years at the Durban-based side.

"There was a lot of emotions prior to the game, before we played them in the league it was the same," he said.

"What I like and what I love is that the respect that they have for me and the respect that I have for them is mutual, after the game my heart was bleeding for them I won't lie.

"As much as we were happy and excited I was feeling for them, I know the club where it comes from and where it wants to go but now I'm here and I have to give my all when I'm here," he carried on.

"The management, the coaches, the supporters, I had a fair chance to go to all of them," he concluded. 

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