Milutin Sredojevic won't throw Orlando Pirates defender Alfred Ndengane under the bus

Milutin Sredojevic, Orlando Pirates, November 2018
The Bucs coach has praised his men for their gallant fighting spirit despite their failure to claim a win at home

In the wake of their 2-2 draw against FC Platinum in their penultimate Caf Champions League Group B match on Friday night, Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says there are no guarantees in football.

“Nothing in football is guaranteed. Platinum came in this match knowing we have to win. We came all out, but they surprised us with an element of high pressing,” Sredojevic said after the match.

The draw leaves the Soweto giants on third place on the Group B table with six points from five matches and they will have to secure a win in their next group match against Guinea's Horoya in order to qualify for the quarter-finals.

“We didn't lose our heads even when we were 2-0 down with 10 minutes to go. A 2-0 lead is a dangerous score. You think you have something and it's like fish, one minute you think you have it, the next thing it slips away,” added the coach.

Moreover, the Serbian manager also praised his central defender Alfred Ndengane, saying he gave his all for the club, but his two errors were unfortunate.

“Ndengane always gives his 100% effort. The two mistakes were unfortunate. We needed his experience until the end of the game,” he continued.

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The former Bloemfontein Celtic centre-back diverted Never Tigere’s shot into his own net in the 27th minute as he attempted to clear the ball, but the coach says he needs support.

On the other hand, the Cape Town-born defender was exposed by Perfect Chikwende, who beat him for pace before setting up Rainsome Pavari and the latter made it 2-0.

“It's easy to throw the player under the bus, but it's important to be behind the player and help him pay us back,” concluded the coach.