Irvin Khoza refuses to put pressure on Milutin Sredojevic as Orlando Pirates look to end trophy drought

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The Bucs boss cautioned his technical team and players as the Soweto giants prepare for a grueling season

Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has refused to put pressure on the club’s head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic ahead of the new 2018/19 campaign.

The Serbian tactician managed to transform the Buccaneers into Premier Soccer League (PSL) title contenders after being appointed last August.

The Soweto giants pushed for their fifth PSL title, but ultimately were beaten by Mamelodi Sundowns to the most coveted trophy in South Africa. 

Pirates are now expected to win a major trophy in the new season and end their four-year trophy drought.

Khoza stated that Buccaneers will have to work in order to clinch some silverware during a season which will see them participate in five major tournaments. 

“In football you can't expect but you've got to work hard. There is no therefore in football,” Khoza said on IOL Sport. 

“I think this World Cup has showed us that. It doesn't work like that. You got to work hard and the rest will follow,” he continued. 

The Houghton-based side will make its return to the Caf Champions League after finishing second in the league last season.

They will also compete in the PSL, MTN8 Cup, Telkom Knockout Cup and the Nedbank Cup domestically.

Pirates reinforced their squad with the signing of nine players namely Paseka Mako, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Abel Mabaso, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Linda Mntambo, Asavela Mbekile, Vincent Pule, Ben Motshwari and Meshack Maphangule.

Furthermore, Bucs are expected to offload some of their players as they currently have a squad of around 45 players.

“We have to reduce our squad. That is a given but we will make a proper announcement as to who is staying and who is leaving,” Khoza said. 

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Some of the players that are likely to leave the club according to the recent reports are Nkosinathi Mthiyane, Thabo Matlaba, Issa Sarr, Mpho Makola and Wayne Sandilands.

When asked whether they are done signing new players, Khoza said: “I don't know.” 

Pirates are known to be looking to sign South Africa captain Thulani Hlatshwayo from former PSL champions Bidvest Wits. 

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