Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic is determined to change the fortunes of the Buccaneers this season, following a campaign of near-misses for the Serbian’s new outfit
‘VV’ is no mood to play second-fiddle to the rest of the Nedbank Cup contenders this season, after Pirates progressed to three cup finals -- including the Caf Champions League -- but failed to win a single one.
"If we reach this final, I believe we will take the Nedbank Cup,” a confident VV said ahead of Pirates’ semifinal clash with Maritzburg United on Saturday.
"It will be a disgrace for a team of Orlando Pirates calibre to go a season without a trophy, so we will have to win this one.”
Should Pirates reach the final of the Nedbank Cup, Vermezovic’s troops would have played every game available to a team in a scheduled season.
"If we reach the final, this team will have played every single available game in a season. No team has done that,” he said.
“I’m hard on my players, but I also believe in them. They can end the season with a trophy.
"The players have reached three finals. If we reach this final it will be a record of playing every tournament to the max.”
VV guided former employers, Kaizer Chiefs, to two cup victories, but never to Nedbank Cup honours.
"The truth is that I speak too much sometimes but I've won two finals in South Africa,” Vermezovic added.
"Sure I can win cups, because the fact is that I won two cups here and the guys have reached three finals. But the first step is Maritzburg.
"Sure you want to win the final but you have to reach it first before you can win it.”