DURBAN, South Africa, November 25 – Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic was delighted to see his side’s tactics pay off in their 2-1 Telkom Knockout semifinal win over arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.
Justin Shonga bagged the winner five minutes from full-time to confirm that Pirates are the strongest team in Soweto.
The win, the second in four weeks over Chiefs, sends the Buccaneers into the final but Sredojevic was quick to take stock and acknowledge his players
“Absolute credit to the players that they have stuck to the plan,” said Sredojevic pitch-side.
“It was not easy, we were playing against a very competitive Kaizer Chiefs.”
The Pirates coach revealed how he instructed his side to take advantage of the high positioning of the opposing fullbacks.
“They were threatening us with [Godfrey] Walusimbi and ‘Rama’ on the fullbacks. We have been patient especially in the second half. We had opened very well exactly where we planned in spaces behind the fullbacks.”
The side’s headed into the break even after Leonard Castro cancelled out Vincent Pule’s opener but for Pirates the plan was clear.
“In the second half we were looking for two aspects, one was to be patient in build-ups and in defending to try to hold and see if we can find holes and exactly what happened six minutes before time Shonga scored the goal and we won the game.
“In the last heat of the game, we could have conceded. It was a thrilling match, credit to the technical team. I believe we deserve to go to the finals.”
The head coach was also pleased to see the famous Sea Robbers progress, knowing what it means to their supporters.
“I think our Orlando Pirates supporters will be happy this evening, very much the happy people,” he added. (ANA)