Bucs goalie compares Pitso & Micho
‘We have quality to win trophies’
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.”
Wayne Sandilands of Orlando Pirates.