Jonevret, the new mes­siah?

New Pi­rates coach could have a big day if he man­ages to pull off a win in the derby against Chiefs

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­

New Or­lando Pi­rates coach Kjell Jonevret has the chance to be­come an in­stant hero on Satur­day. Although he had to hit the ground run­ning in his new job, a win over archri­vals Kaizer Chiefs would cer­tainly en­dear him to Pi­rates fol­low­ers.

Noth­ing would make Pi­rates sup­port­ers hap­pier than beat­ing Chiefs, and Jonevret must be well aware of this.

Af­ter go­ing through a bad patch, Pi­rates now need to turn things around. And there could be no bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to do so than in the Soweto derby.

But it could be detri­men­tal too, as a loss would pile more pres­sure on Jonevret.

Jonevret said he hoped the play­ers would rise to the oc­ca­sion and put up a de­cent per­for­mance.

He said he was look­ing for­ward to play­ing his team in front of about 90 000 spec­ta­tors.

“I have been in­volved in big matches be­fore in Barcelona and Turin, but never in front of 90 000 sup­port­ers. It is bet­ter to play in front of [a] crowd [like this] than in an empty sta­dium. And I hope this will mo­ti­vate the play­ers to go all out,” said Jonevret.

It should be hard for any­one – es­pe­cially Chiefs coach Steve Kom­phela – to plan for the match be­cause he does not know who will be fielded on the Pi­rates side.

More­over, Kom­phela does not know what kind of game plan Jonevret will bring, aside from putting the same num­ber of play­ers on the field as his team.

It is the play­ing phi­los­o­phy and the play­ers that Pi­rates will un­leash that will de­ter­mine things, and that should worry Kom­phela.

While it is too early for Jonevret to al­ready have in­stilled his style of play, he can be ex­pected to try to con­fuse his team’s op­po­nents.

The Swede would no doubt have loved to have a few games un­der his belt be­fore challenging Chiefs, but so be it.

While he might fancy his chances against Pi­rates, whose play­ers’ morale is low, Kom­phela knows that his op­po­nents need no mo­ti­va­tion to rise to the oc­ca­sion.

On pa­per, this is the op­por­tune time to play Pi­rates, as they are out of sorts. But Kom­phela should also know that a wounded Pi­rates team is a dan­ger­ous one.

Pi­rates would want to turn their sea­son around, and a win over Chiefs would go a long way to boost­ing their morale.

How­ever, de­feat would def­i­nitely fur­ther dent their spir­its.

Be­fore last night’s game against Ajax Cape Town, Chiefs were on a roll, win­ning five games on the trot de­spite not be­ing en­tirely con­vinc­ing in those wins. Nev­er­the­less, they man­aged to grind out the re­sults, which is the most im­por­tant thing.

One player who is look­ing for­ward to the derby is winger Joseph Molan­goane, whose stint at Pi­rates is one to for­get.

Play­ing against his for­mer side al­ways brings out the best in him. He also trou­bled them while still at Chippa United.

But the modest Molan­goane said he had noth­ing to prove. He said just be­ing part of the game would be enough.

For Pi­rates, Jonevret should be their saviour, de­spite hav­ing al­ready said he was a not a mes­siah. But he could be­come one on Satur­day.


IN THE DARK Steve Kom­phela does not know which team Pi­rates will field NIPPY Joseph Molan­goane has been a livewire for Kaizer Chiefs


SUR­PRISES Or­lando Pi­rates’ new head coach Kjell Jonevret will want to con­fuse the op­po­nents

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