Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol has expressed his joy about his team’s start to the season, but insists it is important to keep in mind that the championship is not won in September.Pirates have opened up a four-point cushion at the top after six games with four wins and two draws, while they remain the only team yet to concede a goal.
Krol says they will still be going out to employ an aggressive approach when they host Platinum Stars on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium.
“Every game needs to be given 100 per cent attention. No team deserves less attention in this league and we are approaching every game with the same aggression because the very same three points is what is being fought for with every opponent,” he told KickOff.com.
A season that has started so well for Krol is reason enough to give a dash of satisfaction at Pirates and ignite a smile on the rather difficult to please Dutchman.
“We have done well, so of course you have to be happy if you have started the way we have done, especially considering the fact that we are yet to concede," he said. "But the most important thing is to know the prize we are aiming for is at the end of the campaign, not at the start. So it is imperative we continue doing well as the road ahead is still long.
“At this stage we are still taking each game as it comes and thinking about the next game and not looking too far ahead. A lot of things can change in the future, like players getting injured, which will affect the plans. Right now Teko Modise is getting close to full fitness, just like Moeneeb Josephs, while Andile Jali is gone and so we have to find a place to fill in.”
The absence of the teenage sensation Jali, who has left for the Under-20 World Cup, shouldn’t be a concern for Pirates, who have Josephy Kamwendo standing as an equally capable replacement.