Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic: We were unlucky against Baroka FC

Milutin Sredojevic, Orlando Pirates, November 2018
The two coaches spoke after the Telkom Knockout Cup final that was held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says his technical worked hard to prepare the team ahead of the Telkom Knockout Cup final which they lost to Baroka FC on penalties.

The Soweto giants succumbed to a 3-2 penalty loss following a 2-2 draw on regulation time to coach Wedson Nyirenda's men at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday evening.

“First of all we have to give credit to the players. We have applied ourselves very well until the last moments of madness where we had a red card and we conceded that goal," Sredojevic told SuperSport TV.

“We absolutely controlled the game fully and the opponent used that moment and we had a player less, they scored a goal and at half time we had gone on total risk of putting a central defender, but we thought we can still keep the formation that has been extremely attacking," reflected the coach.

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“We thought we could keep the formation, practically playing with three defenders, three midfielders and four attackers that played us off scoring that goal going to the extra time," he said.

“Then we could not stabilise and we conceded despite dominating a penalty but in spirit of the team, we worked very hard so that we coukd come that equalisig goal at 2-2," said the Serbian boss.

“We have given everything under the circumstances, I believe we have been in regulation time close to winning the game on penalties and it came what it came. We are really having that jinx of lossing on penalties like in the MTN Super Eight to SuperSpor(United) after 2-2 it is something hat is ourproblem," continued the coach.

“We have to pick the pieces and be strong, we have to give credit to the technical team because we have prepared the team and the only issue today was unleashing the element of luck becayuse penalties are a lottery," he concluded.

On the other hand, the Bakgaga  mentor, Nyirenda, gave praise to the Almighty God for guiding them to their first trophy in the top division as well as his wife for supporting him.

“First and foremost I would like the thank God Almighty for effectiveness and for his Grace, when you believe in Him, you will follow the commands you will do far what people expect," said Nyirenda to SuperSport TV.

“The first cup for Baroka yes and for the entire Limpopo. It gives you pleasure for those people the first trophy," he reacted.

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“It is only five months for me in the PSL, I am still learning the PSL football and already we have bagged one cup, that is pleasing and I can only thank my wife. She has been supportive," noted the Zambian.

"This lifts off a lot of burdens I had throughout this year including losing my mom. I think we knew what to expect from Pirates and they are a very good ball distributing team and they can run, they did all they could but tactically we closed all the channels of switch play towards the wings," he said.

“We also closed the bullet today (Justin Shonga), he did not maneouvre so much today,” concluded the former Kaizer Chiefs striker.