Absa Premiership

Jonevret eyes Nedbank Cup glory

2017-05-19 19:00
Kjell Jonevret (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret says the Nedbank Cup provides an ideal opportunity to the Buccaneers to 'rediscover the magic'.

Pirates have struggled to find consistency in the league this season and go into next Saturday's final round of league games needing to beat Golden Arrows, while hoping that several other results go their way if they are to clinch a top eight finish.

Jonevret has however not given up on that possibility yet.

"We have to hope for six or seven results in the other matches to work in our favour. It's not going to be easy," Jonevret said.

"I believe we should have won our match against (fellow top eight challengers) Ajax, really (a 0-0 midweek draw).

"I felt sorry for the lads. However, as an optimist I believe it's still possible to make the top eight."

It's the Nedbank Cup though where Jonevret feels his team have a realistic chance at ending the season of the club's 80th anniversary on a high note.

Bucs are set to play Golden Arrows in Durban this Sunday in a semi-final encounter at the Princess Magogo Stadium.

Jonevret's first win as Pirates coach was indeed in the Nedbank Cup, against EC Bees, and he admits to enjoying the thrill cup games bring.

"I've been in seven cup finals both as a player and a coach. And I remember each one," he said.

"I just love winning. The feeling of going into the locker room after having won a match, even if is after against EC Bees in the first round (of the Nedbank Cup) - that's a fantastic feeling."

The Swede has cautioned that the focus must remain on Sunday's game, but also says that winning the Nedbank Cup final is a chance for the Bucs players to write their names in the history books.

"We have to channel our focus on beating Arrows. That's our goal," he continued.

"It will be a good memory for the players, the coaching staff and the supporters as well (should Pirates reach the final).

"It also serves as a chance to be remembered for a long time, probably for the rest of their lives. It's also an opportunity to rediscover the magic. That's the way I see it."


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