Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret admits to problems facing the club


Though Pirates have only lost once in the 10 games in all competitions that he has been in charge of since taking over, Pirates’ fortunes haven’t improved in the league as they remain in the bottom half of the standings. 

While a semi-final place in the Nedbank Cup keeps alive hopes of securing some silverware this season their pride of being the only club to always finish in the top eight in the history of the PSL is now under threat.

With a discouraging showing against Baroka on Tuesday night Jonevret couldn’t hide much from reality while throwing hints that he will make dig deep during the next transfer window.

“I am often a positive and happy guy… but off course you have to be honest that Orlando Pirates is not a top team right now,” he says.

“I was looking at BidVest Wits yesterday (Tuesday) and they have five, six, seven, eight quality players on the bench and outside. Off course we don’t have the same squad but I mean we should at least play better than this [in reference to performance against Baroka] and then we have to take care of what is going to happen later which is going to be a job in the winter. For me it is summer but for you it is the winter break and then we will see what is going to happen.

“Right now we are not a top team that maybe shouldn’t be fighting for medals but we should at least be better than we were today [against Baroka]. There is a lot of talent in the group but there is also… I think you see how it looks, I don’t want to criticise in the media but off course we have some problems in a few positions,” says Jonevret.

Though three points from a place in the much sought top eight, the standings also show that they are a mere six away from the bottom club Baroka.

“The table doesn't lie,” he acknowledges.

The Swede notes that for now he has to believe in working hard with the players at his disposal.

“But we still have six games and there is still lot of football to play and I believe in these guys here and I think we are going to win more games," he says.

"The good is that we are in the semi-finals of the cup and the goal is to be in the top eight and I still believe we are going to manage to do that. We have to work hard and play better football. Like I have often said the difference between the top and bottom teams is small and all games are tough.   

“This was a golden opportunity for us to try to make space to teams down there and it was also a golden opportunity for us to try and close the gap on teams in front of us. After last week and Saturday’s game I had hoped for better.

"It was absolutely a step back but the positive thing about games like this is that I have to force them to watch the game again and they will see a lot of crazy things and hopefully, I know we are going to be better on Saturday. For everyone it is nightmare with games like this. This was a golden opportunity to continue with what we have done for a longer period."