Kjell Jonevret targets Nedbank Cup success to salvage calamitous season
Posted: 19 May 2017 Time: 14:39
Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret believes they can still salvage their dreadful 2016/17 season by making amends in the Nedbank Cup.
Pirates are on the brink of surrendering their proud standing of being the only club to have finished inside the top eight throughout the PSL era, following a horrible campaign in which they have won just six league games out of 29.
Ahead of their cup semi-final date with Golden Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday afternoon, it is no secret that the anxiety is more on the shoulders of the Bucs, who have also failed to score in their last three games.
“This is a possibility to go to a cup final, and to be in a cup final is a memory,” says Jonevret. “That is a fantastic thing to be involved in.
"This is a chance to be involved in something that they will remember for long or maybe the rest of their lives. This is the chance and that is how I see it. For me, what is important is that the players go out there and do everything to try and win that game [against Arrows].
"We have to work for our luck. I have to believe and I hope the players are believing, even though it has been a chaotic season with three coaches and 40 players or something like that.
"For now we will have to focus on the game on Sunday. Right now I believe these guys can beat Golden Arrows, and once you are in the final anything can happen."
The Swede knows that, apart from working on the confidence of his chargers, he must also devise a plan of ensuring they score in order to win the all-important clash.
“We have played many good games but the results haven’t been with us. Results are important because that is what gives the players confidence," adds Jonevret.
"It is tough when you haven’t won games like we have done now, because you also have to be a psychologist. I have to hammer into their heads that they are good footballers and we have played good and created enough [scoring chances], and we just have to continue that way without being afraid.
"I always see fantastic possibilities every time we go out onto the pitch to play a game, because it is fun and there are a lot of people behind us who care. They are not happy about us all the time but if nobody cared then it would be pretty boring.
“We work really hard out there. But I have to admit that there has been more work outside the field than I had expected [before arriving at the club]. At the same time I think it is fun everyday, yet the main thing is that the players have to believe in themselves."