Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has lauded his charges for the improved results seen at the club since he took over ahead of the 2017/18 season.
The Buccaneers look set for a second consecutive top-two finish in the league, and are still on track to land their first PSL title since 2012.
Since bagging top honours seven years ago, the Soweto giants barely challenged for the title prior to the Serb’s return for a second stint, registering disappointing finishes of fourth, seventh and 11th in the preceeding three seasons.
However, under the new coaching staff the has been a vast turnaround of fortunes, with the club taking the race for the title to the wire on both seasons.
Sredojevic was full of praise for the men he sends out to the middle for restoring Pirates’ standing in the local game.
“We are extremely proud to have this group of players. They expect everything in the learning process. We are extremely happy with the fact that looking at the past two years before we came, Pirates lost 20 games in two seasons and when you look at it now, we have lifted the standards of winning and drawing ratio.
“Looking at three matches ahead of us, we have players who love, respect and play for the badge, the jersey and the supporters. We know that we don’t want to be focused on the result, but rather the performance that brings the result.”
Orlando Pirates’ next assignment is a trip to Harry Gwala Stadium for a clash against prime relegation candidates Maritzburg United, who are coach by one of the Serb’s predecessors at the Soweto giants, Eric Tinkler.
The two sides square off on Wednesday, 24 April – nearly two weeks since Pirates’ last fixture, a 2-1 win over Free State Stars at Orlando Pirates.
Micho was welcoming of the extended rest period.
“We will recover properly. Prepare properly and go to Harry Gwala to face Maritzburg who are on the last stroke to survive. This is a pressure on them, on us, but be will play our normal game.”