Absa Premiership

Micho targets Champions League spot, avoid PSL title talk

2018-04-16 11:37
Milutin Sredojevic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town – Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic is avoiding any Absa Premiership title talk by focusing on their next fixture.

The Buccaneers have three games left of the season - Bidvest Wits (April 25), Cape Town City (April 28) and Free State Stars (May 12) - as they harbour any hopes of clinching the league crown from champions-elect Mamelodi Sundowns.

"People are talking of the title race, we are having one week and we’re playing against Bidvest Wits. We have 10 days until we’re playing them," he added as quoted by KickOff website.

"As we have that in mind, we shall use these 10 days properly to refresh, regroup and deeply correct and analyse what was wrong, what was right.

"We are improving ourselves and are preparing for the last three matches in the league."

After the Buccaneers collected a 2-1 win over AmaZulu in a Premiership encounter on Sunday, Sredojevic says the club can secure CAF Champions League football next season if they beat the Students at Orlando Stadium when the two sides meet. 

"I’m extremely happy with these three points. We’ve made huge steps towards that place that is leading us to the CAF Champions League because Africa is waiting for Orlando Pirates to go to the Champions League," the coach said.

"Regarding the rest of the things, except the match against Wits, we’ve no right to talk. Our full focus is on the match against Bidvest Wits," 

The side that finishes second in the Premiership are guaranteed a place in the competition as Sredojevic takes the view that a victory over Wits could see the side realise their ambition.

Currently, the Sea Robbers are seven points clear of Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs in third and fourth, while still having an outside shot of chasing down leaders Sundowns at the top of the table.


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