Absa Premiership

Micho wants Pirates to fight to the end

2018-02-03 14:24
Milutin Sredojevic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic wants his men to summon the character reserves to keep themselves in the hunt for league honours. 

The Buccaneers have shown plenty of promise and improvement since Sredojevic took over this season. 

However, they have not always been as consistent as they would have liked and suffered a setback midweek when they lost 0-3 to Ajax Cape Town despite dominating the match in the Mother City. 

And after Mamelodi Sundowns beat Cape Town City 1-0 on Friday night, Pirates are eight points off the pace although that could decrease to five if they can beat Maritzburg United in Orlando on Saturday evening. 

Coach 'Micho' has warned Bucs' rivals though that he plans to ensure his side fight all the way to the finish line in May. 

"We shall as a team, given the badge we are wearing and with respect to our supporters, be fighting right up to that moment and the last chance we have to push forward to be where we are supposed to be - close to the top and on the top," he told Supersport. 

"Except for one or two games this season, we have dominated possession in our matches," he continued. 

"We are definitely not happy with the outcome against Ajax but we are seeing improvements and I believe we'll still be much better. 

"Overall it was a hard lesson for us. All the statistical aspects were on our side but the most important stat, and the only one that counts, was not on our side. 

"I hope this result wakes up the pride inside of us to make us fully aware that the game of football can go either way. 

"We have to refocus for the game against Maritzburg for what will be our third match in seven days. But it is a match where we really need to show character, measure our values, pull up our socks, pull up our sleeves and show that what material we are built from," he concluded.

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