Bucs coach Sredojevic takes far-sighted view
With two matches remaining before the end of the first round of the 2017/2018 season, Orlando Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic is already thinking about getting things right so that his team can enter the last half of the season stronger.
Pirates have been inconsistent in their last 13 games, winning four and drawing seven. The club’s major concern is the lack of goals which was showed up in a six-game winless streak before their 1-0 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic two weeks ago.
The Bucs coach, however, is happy that they have not conceded a goal in their last three games as they look ahead to their next league clash with AmaZulu at the Orlando Stadium tomorrow.
“I want to give credit to one side which I am extremely happy and proud about. It is that we have gone three matches without conceding a goal. I believe we still have space for improvement in build-ups and finishing.
“It is frustrating seeing that we really want it and the players deserve it after the effort they put in,” said the Bucs mentor after Pirates drew 0-0 with SuperSport United on Tuesday night.
“Confidence is still lacking here and there, but we shall continue working on that. We still have two more matches to play, against AmaZulu and Free State Stars away. Then we will have an overview and conduct a deep critical analysis on what was okay to keep up and what we need to correct to enter the second round much stronger for the next 15 matches.”
Usuthu, meanwhile, head into this game having gone four games unbeaten, recording three draws and a victory over Mamelodi Sundowns.
Cavin Johnson’s charges saw their midweek clash with Ajax Cape Town abandoned after heavy rain at the King Zwelithini Stadium made the pitch unplayable.
The club are sitting in 12th, having registered three wins, five draws and three losses in their 11 matches.
The last time Usuthu visited Orlando was in the 2014/2015 season and they managed to walk away with a point after holding Bucs to a 1-1 draw.