We need to find a for­mula - Sre­do­je­vic

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

- Or­lando Pi­rates head coach, Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vic, be­lieves that the team needs to find a for­mula for con­vert­ing the chances they cre­ate in their matches into goals.

The Buc­ca­neers were knocked out of the Telkom Knock­out by Polok­wane City through a penalty shoot-out, af­ter yet an­other im­pres­sive dis­play by Sre­do­je­vic’s team but with lack of enough goals from the chances cre­ated.

Fol­low­ing the 2-2 fi­nal score in reg­u­lar time, which led to the 4-2 penalty shoot-out loss for Bucs, Sre­do­je­vic feels that as the tech­ni­cal team they need to find a for­mula to calm down the play­ers to as­sist them to score goals.

“When they are com­ing in the area of fin­ish­ing all the blood is en­ter­ing in the head. We need to find a for­mula (in) train­ing, in­stead of be­ing cry ba­bies – ‘Why we are miss­ing, why we are not con­vert­ing?’ We need to find for­mu­las to calm down our play­ers (and) to make them cool in or­der to con­vert what they are sup­posed to con­vert. On the other side, if from chances you cre­ate you can­not …for ex­am­ple you cre­ate 10 chances and you can­not con­vert then you look for the law of av­er­ages. You cre­ate 20 chances – maybe from 20 two will en­ter be­cause you can­not miss all 20 in any way,” said Sre­do­je­vic.


Bloem­fontein Celtic coach Ve­selin Jelu­sic says there are sev­eral rea­sons for the team’s re­vival fol­low­ing their bat­tle with rel­e­ga­tion last term.

Phunya Sele Sele have im­pressed un­der new boss Jelu­sic, who was named the Absa Premier­ship Coach of the Month for Oc­to­ber on Thurs­day.

The Ser­bian has guided the club to fourth spot on the log with 15 points from nine matches - two points be­hind sur­prise lead­ers Baroka FC.


Celtic are also in the Telkom Knock­out semi-fi­nals where they will meet Polok­wane City on Novem­ber 19 in Lim­popo.

“I think there are sev­eral rea­sons that we got some good re­sults cur­rently,” said Jelu­sic.

“One of them is for sure team­work. The sec­ond one, this sea­son, we have new play­ers and to­gether with the play­ers that played be­fore. Now we are stronger and a com­pet­i­tive team.

“The third one is what we have been do­ing at train­ing, try­ing to im­prove the as­pect of the game tech­ni­cal, tac­ti­cal, phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal.

“The fourth one is the strate­gi­cal ap­proach, to have a good bal­ance in the team re­gard­ing all qual­i­ties of our play­ers.”

Jelu­sic ded­i­cated his award to his col­leagues.

“I will take this award as a re­ward for our team­work be­cause we have been work­ing to­gether all the time as a team,” Jelu­sic said.

“Start­ing from our play­ers to the coach­ing team, in­clud­ing our tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor. All our as­sis­tant coaches in all our de­part­ments, in­clud­ing the med­i­cal depart­ment, tech­ni­cal sup­port, our man­age­ment and our chair­man who has given sup­port any mo­ment and our sup­port­ers. They de­serve the re­sults we have at the mo­ment.”

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