Absa Premiership

Pirates on the brink

2014-08-22 13:31
Orlando Pirates fan (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - With Orlando Pirates on the verge of a fifth consecutive final, coach Vladimir Vermezovic selected a tried and tested line-up for their MTN8 semi-final at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

"The winning team never changes. We are going to make rotations at some point but for the moment this is the first eleven," Vermezovic said.

The Buccaneers made the finals of the MTN8, Telkom Knockout, Caf Champions League and Nedbank Cup last season.

Pirates head into the clash with 2-0 advantage from last week's first-leg game and a 1-1 draw against AmaZulu in Wednesday's league match.

Vermezovic said his players were perhaps preoccupied with the crucial MTN8 encounter during their midweek encounter.

"Maybe we were tired, maybe we had too much celebration after the Wits win and maybe the players were thinking about the next game," he said.

The Serbian-born coach urged his players to take care of the business at hand.

"We are professionals and have to approach every game in the right way. I am sure against Wits we will do well and get into another final," he said.

The Sea Robbers powered to victory in the Nedbank Cup in May, weeks after Vermezovic officially took over and, although results had been going Pirates' way in cup competitions, Vermezovic said there was nothing extraordinary about the way they prepared for cup games.

"There is no difference in the way we approach the league and cup matches," he said.

"We try to give our best in all games and play them like each is a final."

If Pirates advance to the MTN8 final, it would be their second successive appearance, having finished runners-up to champions Platinum Stars last year.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Baroka FC v SuperSport United, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Maritzburg United, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:30
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Cape Town City FC, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Bloemfontein Celtic v SuperSport United, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.