Following a 1-1 draw in extra time, the Buccaneers were defeated 5-4 on penalties after Thembinkosi Lorch brought the team level before missing from the spot.
Deon Hotto, a Namibian winger, was off his game in this match and missed several decent chances.
"Unfortunate for the Buccaneers, but such is life." McCarthy commented on social media, "You win some, you lose some."
"You have to be proud of the team's effort." They will, without a doubt, be excellent. Once and for all. They didn't win, but their efforts were appreciated. There will always be another opportunity.
"Football is a brutal game. We can't point fingers since I'm confident the players gave it their all. The next season is approaching, and they must make amends.
"Perhaps Lorch felt confidence after scoring and put his hand up to take the penalty kick; in my perspective, there's no wrong in a confident player eager to step up."
After losing on Friday, the Pirates now turn their attention to the Premier Soccer League, where they have three games left.
They are battling for a top-three finish and need nothing less than a win over Maritzburg United, Royal AM, and SuperSport United to qualify for continental action next season.
There has been speculation over Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids' futures as Pirates co-coaches.Without any silverware at the end of the season,
McCarthy said that he might be in command of the Pirates in the future.
"Perhaps one day [I'll coach the Pirates], and I'll be back home." McCarthy added, "One day, I'll be home."
"It's not up to me to make those judgments; it's up to the Pirates' board of directors." It could happen one of these days."
The former Bafana Bafana striker has been without a job since leaving AmaZulu in March, and has been connected with a contract with Kaizer Chiefs, although he has played down any links with Amakhosi.
"You have coaches Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard, who are both very good," McCarthy said.
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