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Micho Sredojevic won't compromise Orlando Pirates identity despite goalscoring problem

15:23 GMT+4 14/12/2017
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic
Unlike this time last season, Bucs have the opportunity to stay within touching distance of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns this weekend

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic believes that they will keep working on their goalscoring problems without losing their identity. 

“Our strategy is working, but the only piece missing is getting the ball into the net. That is work in progress and I’m convinced we will reach that stage where those chances will be converted. For us‚ there is no home or away. We feel at home at any place we play,” Sredojevic told the media.

Bucs have had a disappointing run of results of late, especially at home where they were held to draws by Golden Arrows, SuperSport United and AmaZulu recently. 

“However‚ opponents, especially in the league, where every team researches our style, have taken the route of putting high pressure from the start to not allow us to come out of the blocks. When it’s like that it’s not easy to build from the back, but we still want to insist on keeping our identity building from the back. We don’t want to kick and rush and play speed endurance up and down. We want to play our style and win with it,” Sredojevic said.

Meanwhile, the club's medical team reports that Nkosinathi Mthiyane will miss the final match of the year against Free State Stars through injury. 

Mthiyane made his first appearance of the season in the 1-1 draw against former club AmaZulu, and despite speding a mere 10 minutes on the pitch, he injured his quad, the club said.    

"Nkosinathi Mthiyane has been ruled out of the final Absa Premiership clash of the year against Free State Stars this weekend. Mthiyane who came off the bench to play the last ten minutes in Orlando Pirates’ 1-all draw with Amazulu, injured his quad earlier in the week and will need to undergo physiotherapy to treat his injury," read a statement on the Bucs website.

Thabo Qalinge is also set to miss the encounter with a groin injury. The speedy winger hasn't featured for Sredojevic's side in the last three weeks. 

"Another player who looks set to miss the trip to the Free State is Thabo Qalinge. The 26-year old is still recovering from a groin strain which has kept him out of action for the last three weeks," added the statement. 

Furthermore, Thembinkosi Lorch is facing a late fitness as he's experiencing pain and discomfort on his hamstring. 

"Meanwhile, Thembinkosi Lorch is said to be nearing full recovery from a hamstring strain that saw him miss the previous two matches. However, it remains to be seen whether the winger will form part of the travelling squad tomorrow as he is still experiencing pain and discomfort. The 24-year old is expected to undergo a late fitness test," concluded the statement.