Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic explains his relationship with his assistant Rhulani Mokwena

The well-travelled coach is eager to strengthen his squad during the upcoming transfer window

Orlando Pirates gaffer Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has explained his relationship with the club’s assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena.

The two tacticians were praised for transforming the Buccaneers into serious Premier Soccer League (PSL) title challengers during the recent 2017/18 season and ultimately, they finished second behind champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

This after Sredojevic was appointed Pirates head coach in August, 2017 and Mokwena was then brought in to assist the Serbian trainer, who is in his second stint in charge of the Soweto giants.

Micho revealed that the club chairman Dr Irvin Khoza gave them permission to lead the Pirates technical team and they are now looking fo beef up their squad during the PSL July-August transfer window.

"First thing, arriving here and giving the task from the chairman to us, with coach Rhulani we decided (to) let us go hand in hand (and) work as a unit with the rest of the technical team and show what the power of coaching could do,” Sredojevic told the media.

"We are going into the deepest possible details in our corrections, we are talking to the players, they are eager, motivated to improve themselves, individual improvement is improving partnership, partnership improvement is improving (the) department,” he continued.

The Buccaneers, who are set to participate in next season’s Caf Champions League, have been linked with Chippa United duo Paseko Mako and Linda Mntambo, Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo and Andile Jali, who is a free agent. 

"Departments (are) improving the team and this is how we move. Every single individual is very important to us and we have seen, so many aspects of improvement,” Sredojevic added.

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"However, are still very far in what is supposed to be and I would have (said) we had three elements of I want to call it, strategic targets, built up identity in order to be,” he indicated.

“And I believe that we have succeeded to be a team with the (most) ball position in the league and this is something we are proud of, this is a step forward,” he concluded.