Issa Sarr focused on Orlando Pirates resurgence
Posted: 17 March 2017 Time: 09:55
Orlando Pirates midfielder Issa Sarr suspects the club's fans can notice an attitude adjustment in the team.
Pirates recently snapped a 12-game winless run with a 3-1 victory over EC Bees FC in the Nedbank Cup, and will next face Free State Stars in the league on April 1, as well as in the last-16 of the competition.
Sarr, who played the full game last weekend after returning from a hamstring injury, says the result lifted morale in the Buccaneers camp.
He told Bucs' website: “We are Orlando Pirates. The team may sign 30/40 players and they are all good. We must give credit to the other players and whether I am unavailable due to injury or selection I know that they are all capable and I salute their performance always.
"But having said that, coming back to the win against EC Bees - this was more about the players' self-confidence than the opposition.
“The win has lifted my spirits and I know the whole team has benefitted a lot from this result as well. Obviously, we know that we still have a lot of work to do. The team needs to start registering some consistent performances and move up the log table. The supporters deserve it… they have been loyal and supportive at all times, therefore we need to repay them for that.”
The Senegalese work-horse is determined to help the team crack on under new coach Kjell Jonevret, who recorded three previous draws after replacing interim boss Augusto Palacios in February.
“Look, when things are not working, it’s easy to press the panic buttons and change everything. This usually leads to a situation whereby you go from one problem to another. What is important during this time, is to stay focused and committed to the cause.
“There is no point in blaming each other or pointing fingers because this won’t fix the problem. We have taken this approach as players and have continued to work together to overcome the slump. We are a team after all, and we win and lost as a team.
“This is Pirates, and there is history and heritage behind this club so its natural that when we stop winning the pressure mounts and if you don’t know how to handle the pressure it will just drive you further down.
“But we have been working hard to turn the tide and it started with us refusing to lose our matches leading up to this Nedbank Cup match. I think even the supporters can see the change in attitude. It is only in the bad times that you know who your friends are and I have to thank our supporters for their loyalty because that helped us turn the corner and they have helped us through this rough patch. It takes just one good result to turn the season around and this is what we have been searching for.”