Bernard Lushozi: Orlando Pirates should not underestimate FC Platinum

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The retired defender has called for a strong mental approach from the Soweto giants ahead of their clash with the Platinum Boys

Former Orlando Pirates defender Bernard Lushozi believes coach Milutin Sredojevic’s future will be decided on his ability to win trophies at the end of the season.

The Buccaneers will host FC Platinum at the Orlando Stadium in their fifth Caf Champions League Group B match on Friday night.

“I guess they have to convert their chances, for me, I think it’s about mental strength for them that must improve. They must stay focused for 90 minutes,” Lushozi told Goal.

“There is no doubt that the squad is talented, but they must not play in periods, but to play consistently until the final whistle is blown,” he added.

“Based on my observation, I sometimes see three different performances in one game. They play good attacking football, they drop their game and maybe concede then start again. That tells us that there is no consistency in their game,” he explained.

“I know they played to a draw in Zimbabwe, but that was not a good result for them because they are now under pressure to get a win against the same team,” he lamented.

Pirates are placed third on the Group B standings with five points with two matches left.

 “They must impose their authority tomorrow and they must not take this one for granted. I remember in 1995, we drew 0-0 at home in the final,” he reacted.

“But we went to Abidjan and managed to score one goal. We shocked Asec (Mimosas) and Pirates must also look out for that against Platinum and not be comfortable at home,” he warned.

Pirates will also want to erase their 2-0 defeat against Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis in their last group match.

“Yeah, it is another opportunity to bounce back. They must set their minds and priorities right, sacrifice for one another and go to this game with a mission,” continued Lushozi.

“We need want to see them hungry and pushing to win it. They must show the fans that they want to reach the knockout stages,” he backed.

“Unfortunately, when we talk about coaching we need to look at the results, trophies and a number of things especially coaching a club as big as Orlando Pirates,” he responded.

“I may not know the arrangement between him and the club in terms of mandates, but I am sure one of them is to win trophies at Pirates,” said the legend.

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“For now he (Micho) has not delivered a trophy and I know he is in his second season, but he must be judged based on those things,” he added.

“Pirates have a good coaching staff and good players and the only thing missing is trophies. You know this is a big club, crowd pullers when it comes to numbers and they have sponsors. If there are no trophies, the sponsors will go and the supporters will not come to the stadium,” said the school teacher.

“Look, 1995 is a long time when Pirates won the trophy in Africa and this is their opportunity to rewrite the history books. I am sure the coach is also aware that he has done well, but he needs to deliver some silverware to seal the deal,” concluded the legend.

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