COMMENT: Should this Caf campaign be used as yardstick to judge Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic?

The question as to whether or not the current Caf campaign is used as a yardstick to judge Micho beckons ahead of Bucs' must-win clash with Horoya

There was a lot of optimism about Orlando Pirates' chances of winning a major trophy under Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic when the current campaign started last August.

The Buccaneers were hoping to build on a relatively successful 2017/18 campaign which saw Bucs mount a serious challenge for the PSL title and qualify for the Caf Champions League.

With two months left before the season ends, they are still in the PSL title race despite being inconsistent with seven matches left as they look to end their five-year trophy drought.

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Milutin Sredojevic, Orlando Pirates

Bucs are placed second on the league log - three points behind the leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns with the title race intensifying.

It is quite clear that Bucs will have to be consistent if they are to stand a good chance of beating the defending champions, Sundowns to the title.

The only other tournament that Pirates are still involved in is the Champions League having managed to reach the group stage.

However, Bucs' hopes of advancing to the knockout stages took a knock when they drew 2-2 with Zimbabwean side FC Platinum at home last weekend.

Only an away victory over Guinean champions Horoya AC on Saturday will secure Pirates' a place in the quarter-finals of the continental tournament.

Micho PS

On the other hand, a draw or defeat will see the 1995 Champions League winners crash out of the competition with Horoya joining their Group B rivals Esperance de Tunis in the last eight.

The question as to whether the current Caf campaign should be used as a yardstick to judge Micho beckons.

Micho like any other coach at a big club should be judged on winning trophies, but the Bucs stakeholders including the fans will have to be a little more patient with the 49-year-old tactician if the team bows out of the Champions League and go on to fail to win the PSL title.

There are positives that can be taken from the Serbian coach's reign thus far having inherited a struggling and demotivated Pirates team in 2017 and turned them into perennial PSL title contenders.

Ruud Krol

Sredojevic is only in his second successive season as Bucs head coach, while Ruud Krol, who is arguably the club's most successful coach in the PSL era, needed three full campaigns seasons to deliver a historic treble.

Just like the Dutch coach, Micho led the Soweto giants to a second spot finish in the league in his maiden season, before losing in the Telkom Knockout Cup final in the following campaign.

With the team's PSL title hopes still very much alive, Pirates need all the support they can get in their bid to end their trophy drought by either winning the domestic league or Champions League or both.