Milutin Sredojevic: Kaizer Chiefs' goal was a wake up call for Orlando Pirates

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Micho insisted that Bucs will not get carried away after securing a win in the first Soweto Derby of the season

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic praised his charges for showing character against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

The Buccaneers came from behind to beat their Soweto rivals 2-1 in an enthralling Premier Soccer League (PSL) match played at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

The Serbian tactician was pleased with how his side responded after conceding early when Khama Billiat handed Chiefs the lead in the 15th minute.

"The game made us feel us like teachers or lecturers teaching our players as students knowing what the game will bring, making players physically fit and technically ready," Sredojevic told the media.

"We started on the back foot," the former Young Africans and St George coach continued.

Goals from Innocent Maela and Vincent Pule handed Bucs a well-deserved victory after containing Amakhosi in the closing stages of the game.

"The Chiefs goal was a wake up to us. But we managed to crack them mentally. We did not lose our heads. A head is a commanding centre. It was important to switch on," he said.

Bucs assistant coach Ruulani Mokwena was accused of playing mind games when he stated that Chiefs were missing their former coach Steve Komphela in the build-up to the game.

Micho, who has been working with the highly-rated local tactician since August 2017, defended his assistant insisting that it was part of the game.

"I am happy with the character of my team. I want to congratulate Rulani. His comments were misinterpreted. It's part of the game," the 2016 Caf Coach of the Year nominee stressed.

"We are not getting carried away. This match is history for us. It is mission is accomplished. We won the game. Rest of the things will go to the history books," he concluded.

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Pirates will take on AmaZulu in the 2018 Telkom Knockout quarter-final match at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Saturday, November 3.

 

 

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