Milutin Sredojevic praise for Orlando Pirates growth

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Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has lauded his charges’ character shown throughout the season and reflected on the club’s improvement over the past two seasons.

Pirates have come a long way since the arrival of Sredojevic and his assistant Rhulani Mokwena at the start of last season, on the back of the club’s worst campaign in the PSL era.

From ending 11th in 2016/17, The Buccaneers have grown in leaps and bounds, ending in second last season and now looking strong in their bid for a maiden Absa Premiership title since 2011/12.

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But with a number of games still to play before the race is decided, Micho has reflected on the progress made while also outlining the approach ahead of their next league encounter against relegation-threatened Maritzburg United next week.

“We are extremely proud to have this group of players together, they are like sponges and accept everything in the learning process in order to grow as a team,” said Micho.

“We are extremely happy, if we could look back two years ago before we came, Pirates were losing 20 games in two seasons, and looking at this, we have lifted the wining and drawing ratio while dropping drastically the losing ratio.

“Looking at all this, in the process we want to look at the three matches ahead of us and we know we have players that love, respect and play for the badge and supporters, and we don’t think about the results but rather on the performance that brings the results.

“As such, we shall use these [few] days to properly recover and prepare before going to Harry Gwala Stadium to face Maritzburg United, who are looking for the last straw in order to survive, which is pressure on them.

“We shall play our usual game by possessing [the ball], looking to endanger the opponent’s goal and we know it’s not a pleasant stadium to go and play because no team goes for a walk in the park there. But we shall look at the next match as a cup final.”

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