Wed. Jul 17th, 2019

Orlando Pirates news: Micho eyes another Champions League run

Milutin SredojevicOrlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has outlined his side’s priorities towards the end of the season, and qualification for the Caf Champions League ranks high.

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Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic coach says qualification for the Caf Champions League at the end of the season will signal a successful season for his charges.

The Buccaneers are in pole position for a first league title in seven years, having opened a six-point gap between themselves and their closest competitors Mamelodi Sundowns, who have three games in hand.

With three matches of their own to go before the end of the season, the Soweto giants need to win at least two of those to secure a spot in the continental competition for the second year running.

The Serb believes a second-place finish in the league is the bare minimum of what the club is looking to achieve come the end of the season.

“Last year we had been in the running until the match against Cape Town City, but have really stretched ourselves and we want to continue this year.

“The minimum we are looking at is a second consecutive return to the Champions League. Whatever else comes, we shall see.

“Nothing else and nothing more, except the Maritzburg United match in our minds.”

Milutin Sredojevic

Orlando Pirates remaining PSL fixtures

Pirates have recently crossed the 50-point mark, following consecutive victories over Bidvest Wits, Black Leopards and Free State Stars, making them a good bet for a Caf Champions League spot.

They face Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday 24 April, before taking a trip to the Mother City, where they will square off against Cape Town City.

They then conclude their league campaign by welcoming Polokwane City to Orlando Stadium on Saturday, 11 May.

Out of the Buccaneers’ remaining opponents, they were only able to defeat Rise and Shine in the first half of the 2018/19 campaign, with the Team of Choice and the Citizens registering 0-0 and 2-2 draws respectively.

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