Absa Premiership

Michu wary, De Sa confident ahead of Stars-Pirates clash

2017-10-18 11:11
Milutin Sredojevic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic concedes he's wary of a Platinum Stars side 'looking to turn the corner' in Wednesday's league encounter at the FNB Stadium.

Dikwena occupy last position on the table after claiming only two points from seven matches, having also only scored twice this season.

The arrival of a new head coach in Roger De Sa three games in has, however, given the North West-based club some fresh impetus.

And so while a Pirates side which has started the season with promise will be favourites to claim maximum points at home in Soweto, Sredojevic pointed out that any team under De Sa should not be undermined.

"We are taking each game as it comes. We are fully focused on the game against Platinum Stars. We know we are playing against a very good team that is coached by a coach that has been here at Pirates and in the final of the CAF Champions League," the former Uganda coach told KickOff website.

"I have great respect towards him and his work. Things are tough for them now. They are looking to turn the corner in the positive direction, however we have our own ambition. We always want to play good football and get the result we are looking for," he added.

The Buccaneers currently occupy fourth spot, only three points behind log leaders Baroka FC although they managed just a point from their last two games before the international break.

With a near full-strength side to choose from - defenders Happy Jele and Gladwin Shitolo being two injury exceptions - coach 'Micho' will certainly be expecting his men to bring home maximum points.

"We are playing at home, but it's at FNB Stadium. It is something that we are looking forward to. Personally I really like the surface at FNB. We should prepare ourselves and I hope for a good performance and a good result."

De Sa, meanwhile, has been hard at work trying to sort out the issues Stars have had this season.

"We make silly passes and our decision making in the final third is not great. That's what we have got to work on day in and day out," he explained.

"With every game it's an opportunity to get that win. We keep on believing that it is coming. As soon as we turn that over, I think we have got enough to go on a bit of a run."

The match is set for a 19:30 kick off.

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