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Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret targets Nedbank Cup redemption as top-eight hopes fade

Posted: 17 May 2017 Time: 22:48

Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret said his team have a chance to salvage their season on Sunday when they battle Golden Arrows for a place in the Nedbank Cup final.

Pirates look set to miss out on a top-eight finish for the first time in the PSL era after drawing 0-0 with eighth-placed Ajax Cape Town at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

Jonevret's men will hope to snap a four-game winless run when they visit Arrows in the cup at KwaMashu's Princess Magogo Stadium on the weekend.

The Sea Robbers, who trail Ajax by three points in 11th spot on the standings, will coincidentally end their league campaign against Abafana Bes'thende in Durban on May 27.

"We spoke about it before the game, that if we wanted to have a chance at top eight we needed to win tonight," Jonevret is quoted as saying by Bucs after the stalemate with the Urban Warriors in Soweto.

"We knew that Ajax would play this way, for a point. This is what happens when sides like this come to Orlando. They were organised.

"They played to their plan very well. We should have made our first half chances count, especially where we played well. We created enough chances to win tonight, but we didn't make them count. Defensively we have been difficult to beat.

"Tonight was a big night. We should have won this. Sunday we'll have a chance to salvage something from the season.

"It's a big chance for us in the cup. We just have to be braver when we have the ball but we need to stay as we were defensively.

"Our focus now from tomorrow is in getting this next game in Durban under the belt. Then we go back for the last league game and final," concluded the Swede, who arrived at Mayfair in February after caretaker coach Augusto Palacios battled in the hotseat following the shock resignation of Muhsin Ertugral in November 2016.

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Article by: Staff Reporter
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