Milutin Sredojevic explains guarded approach to Orlando Pirates' title chances


Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has explained his approach of refusing to talk outright on their Absa Premiership title ambitions.

Though Pirates continue to lead the way in the league race with just two games remaining, many have tried to entice Sredojevic into talking up their chances of being crowned champions, but the Serbian has remained resolute in his subtle approach.

Asked again, upon being crowned Coach of the Month on Thursday, Micho eventually explained the reasoning behind his prudence in dealing with the much talked about matter.

“The moment you put this [Pirates jersey] on yourself, that moment you want to win everything but, in my sports culture, in football everything is possible and likewise everything can be impossible,” stressed Micho.

“With that in mind, in order not to celebrate before the final line, I have learnt this … The league is a marathon, and I have learnt from the best – Haile Gabrselassie, one of the best athletes on this continent, that you celebrate only when you reach the finish line.

“If we can win with the mouth, I can talk and I can promise and do so many things, but we believe that you do the job and then talk afterwards.

“The responsibility of publicly spoken words is very important, and in the past 19 years I have heard many times people talking and promising but not delivering, and then having to go back to answer for their unfulfilled promises.

“All I can promise is that we shall throw everything, the way we have done until now. Our eyes are more open, we’re more focussed and concentrated and we want the same body language of winners inside our players.

“Our supporters’ love, support and prayers, garnished with our efforts, we believe this could be the formula to lead us to the promised land.”

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