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Milutin Sredojevic: Orlando Pirates can't afford to underestimate Light Stars FC

16:54 EAT 04/12/2018
Milutin Sredojevic, Orlando Pirates, November 2018
The Bucs boss has declared that his men are ready for their tough clash with Stars

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic is wary of Seychelles' Light Stars ahead of their encounter on Wednesday afternoon.

The Buccaneers will clash with Stars in the Caf Champions League preliminary stage second-leg game having won 5-1 in the first-leg match at the Orlando Stadium last week.

“The squad is ready and the players are showing that they all want to win this away match. We don’t undermine any team - this isn’t a Pirates thing to do,” Sredojevic told the Pirates website.

“We respect every opponent that we face - this is why we are approaching this match the same way as we would approach any league match,” he said.

On the other hand, Pirates’ flight schedule includes a five-hour flight to Mahe followed by a shorter flight on board a smaller plane to Praslin – an island off the main archipelago of Seychelles Islands.

The current Premier Soccer League (PSL) log leaders have announced that due to the size of the plane, the team will need to break up into two smaller groups as they make the 15-minute flight across the ocean.

“While we carry all the expectations from our supporters to perform, Light Stars come into this game without any pressure,” continued the Serbian coach.

“But be that as it may, we are a team used to pressure. Pressure is part and parcel of being part of a big team. We are ready,” he concluded.

Should they secure a positive result on Wednesday, the 1995 African champions will face the winner between Comoros' Volcan Stars and African Stars of Namibia.

Although the match is set to be staged on Wednesday afternoon, the coach is expected to use a second string squad and immediately return to South Africa as they have one eye on the upcoming Telkom Knockout Cup final against Baroka FC on Saturday evening.