Orlando Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic believes that the team has progressed this season and therefore have been successful.
Pirates were in a prime position to end their trophy this season but a late equalizer from Cape Town City over the weekend looks like it might have scuppered their chances.
The Buccaneers host Polokwane City on Saturday knowing that a win might not be enough to secure the Premiership title with Sundowns going into the final day two points ahead.
Micho believes that if the club manage a haul of 57 points it will show that the team has progressed in comparison to their 55 last season.
“With 54 points, and last year having managed 55, we believe if we have 57 points, we have surpassed what we did last year,” said Sredojevic.
“This season we had by far so many draws, which were very unfortunate because at least half of those we were supposed to win convincingly. So, we are regretting that, but this is an expensive bill you’re paying when you are in the process.
“The standard of losing just three matches all season is something we need to keep. We need to reduce the number of draws in order to have more wins, and this is something that we need to have as a formula.”
The Pirates boss feels that the fight his team showed in every tournament they played in was a great credit to them and showed the hunger of the players.
“Otherwise, it has been a marvellous season. I need to give credit to the players; we have been in five competitions and I need to remind you that in all competitions we had not lost outright but on penalties – MTN8, Telkom Knockout final, Nedbank Cup,” he noted.
“It’s something we believe that football was supposed to pay us back, and we gave everything [against Cape Town City] but it was not meant to be, and we’re looking towards the Polokwane City match in order to see where and how we are [in the league race].”
Pirates have not lifted a trophy since their 2014 Nedbank Cup triumph and haven’t won the Premiership since 2012.