Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret shifts focus to SuperSport United showdown
Posted: 5 March 2017 Time: 21:19
Following his first Soweto Derby, Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret admits there are no “easy games” left at the business end of the season as his side prepares to host SuperSport United on Tuesday.
Bucs’ lengthy winless run continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw against their Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday afternoon, with their Swedish coach pleased with the team’s performance yet fully aware of the next challenge midweek.
“I was happy with the match, especially the first half,” he is quoted as saying on the Pirates website. “I think we were the better team at least for the first half but we seemed to tire somewhat in the second half. In the end I am happy with the performance from my players. They showed commitment and desire to win.
“But obviously we need to continue working hard ... we have another tough game coming up against SuperSport United. We expect another tough match and we will have to be ready for whatever they will bring.”
After their 6-1 humbling in the reverse fixture, Jonevret knows not to expect any easy encounters ahead of Matsatsantsa’s visit.
“We are well and truly in the business end of the season which means that we will not have any easy games,” he said. “Every match will be tough and every match will require all of us to be focused and disciplined.”
The new coach says he is pleased with the manner in which his charges have taken on his methods as he tries to cement his ideas in the players’ minds.
“I am happy with how my players have responded to my philosophy and way of working since arriving at the club,” he said. “They’ve been very positive and as a coach I can only be pleased because it’s not easy to join a club midseason and succeed in changing a team's mind set.”
Tuesday’s encounter against title contenders SuperSport will take place at Orlando Stadium, with kick-off set for 19h30.