Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says the players
and his assistant coach Rulani Mokwena deserve all the credit for the victory
over Kaizer Chiefs.
it happened: Kaizer Chiefs 1-2 Orlando Pirates
Pirates defeated Chiefs 2-1 in Saturday's Telkom Knockout
semi-final to advance to the final to face either Baroka or Wits, who
are set to play on Sunday.
Goals from Justin Shonga and Thembinkosi Lorch handed Bucs
the triumph, while Leo Castro got Amakhosi's solitary strike in the contest.
Speaking to SuperSport TV after the game, he said: "Absolute
credit to the players that they have stick to the plan. They applied
"They were coming in numbers in front of our defence
trying endanger us. We have been patient especially in the second half. We had
opened very well exactly where we planned in spaces behind the full-backs.
"The ball came from [Vincent] Pule and we scored that
goal. Then we disrespected one ball and [Leonardo] Castro scored from that
Khama Billiat pass.
"In the second half we were looking for two aspects,
one was to be patient in build ups and in defending to try to hold and see if
we can find holes and exactly that happened six minutes before time Shonga
scored the goal and we won the game.
"In the last heat of the game we could have conceded.
It was a thrilling match, credit to the technical team. I believe we deserve to
go to the finals.
"I share everything I do with coach Rhulani. Our
thinking was that we put an extra player that can pull on the shoulders off [to]
Shonga so that he can express himself. Exactly that happened.
"We are happy, six times we have played in the Telkom
Knockout and we have never passed through. The time has come. It's the law of
averages. Respect to the opponents but give to the supporters because I believe
that the biggest power given to human beings is the power to make people happy.
"I think our Orlando Pirates supporters will be happy
this evening, very much the happy people."