Absa Premiership

Jonevret: We will fight to improve

2017-03-02 08:41
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Cape Town - Orlando Pirates head coach Kjell Jonevret promised that the Buccaneers will continue to fight to improve their current situation.

The Mayfair side currently occupy 10th position on the Premiership log standings in a season which the club has had its fair share of ups and downs.

Following a humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hands of SuperSport United in the first-half of the season, Muhsin Ertugral resigned from his head coach role on live television.

Club chairperson, Irvin Khoza, then handed interim duties to Augusto Palacios, who held his post for nearly four months before Pirates fans took matters into their own hands to force the club to make changes.

Pirates suffered a similar defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns last month before both set of fans clashed on the field of play which stopped the match for nearly an hour.

Sport24 reported that the PSL charged both clubs for the events that took place at Loftus Versfeld stadium

This weekend is another opportunity for the Buccaneers to climb out of the bottom half of the log but come up against an in-form Kaizer Chiefs.

Amakhosi have won five of their last six league matches after Ajax Cape Town recently held Steve Komphela's side to a 1-1 draw at Athlone Stadium. 

Meanwhile, Jonevret’s first match in Pirates technical area ended in a 1-1 draw against Polokwane City and now the Swedish mentor is hoping his charges can start to get momentum this weekend in Johannesburg.

"I want to win, I hope to win and I can only do that if the players follow the plan," the 52-year-old said as quoted by the club’s website.

"We will have a game plan for every match and situation we just need the players to believe in themselves.

"It is difficult but every day we give them positive reinforcement we focus on improving the positives and eliminating the negatives and I know we will get there as a unit."

Jonevret believes that despite Pirates' current log position all is not lost as they still have something to fight for.

“This is a great team with a great legacy we still have a chance, all is not lost yet and we will surprise people at the end," he continued.

“It is pointless to speak of end of season positions right now but I can promise you this much we will fight to improve our current situation.”

The much anticipated derby will be staged at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, March 4.

Kick off is at 15:30.

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