Bucs goalie com­pares Pitso & Mi­cho

‘We have qual­ity to win tro­phies’

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Go­molemo Motshwane

Or­lando Pi­rates goal­keeper Wayne Sandi­lands has drawn a few par­al­lels be­tween Pitso Mosi­mane, his for­mer coach at Mamelodi Sun­downs, and cur­rent men­tor Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vic, say­ing they are both football-mad coaches.

Sandi­lands and Pi­rates as­sis­tant coach Rhu­lani Mok­wena will face their for­mer team at Or­lando Sta­dium to­mor­row (7.30pm) for the first time since join­ing the Buccaneers from Downs at the start of the sea­son.

The Bafana Bafana in­ter­na­tional said: “I think they [Mosi­mane and Sre­do­je­vic] both have amaz­ing qual­i­ties with track records and that X-fac­tor. They both de­mand high level of per­for­mance from them­selves and their play­ers.

“That al­lows play­ers to reach their full po­ten­tial. There are a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties; they live and breathe football, it’s not just a job for them.

“I can say that football is their pas­sion and they de­mand ex­cel­lence.

“He [Sre­do­je­vic] is a man that is proud and takes his job se­ri­ously. He also has Ru­lani as an as­sis­tant who is the same.”

The Brazil­ians are go­ing through a rough patch and have been strug­gling for form since their CAF Cham­pi­ons League exit.

They have lost their last three matches with their most re­cent de­feat com­ing against Chippa United (1-0) in the Telkom Knock­out at the week­end.

Hav­ing con­quered Africa and the PSL with Sun­downs, the 34-year-old stop­per feels there is enough qual­ity at the Buccaneers to reach the pin­na­cle of con­ti­nen­tal football.

“The tran­si­tion has not been that dif­fi­cult be­cause the de­mands at both clubs are high. At a club like Pi­rates we have to be am­bi­tious enough to say we want to be the best in Africa. You can­not be at Pi­rates and dream only of win­ning the Pre­mier­ship,” he said.

“We know that’s a process. Our fo­cus is tak­ing it one step at a time and im­prov­ing. We have the play­ers, we have the qual­ity and tech­ni­cal staff to achieve that.”

/ STEVE HAAG/BACKPAGEPIX

Wayne Sandi­lands of Or­lando Pi­rates.

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