Kjell Jonevret eager to change Orlando Pirates fortunes with Nedbank Cup triumph
Posted: 22 June 2017 Time: 16:40
Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret is hoping to rewrite the club's fortunes of late as he takes courage from their cup history at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The Buccaneers will face the defending champions at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, in front of a sold-out crowd, with kick-off set for 20h15.
The Swedish tactician has taken courage from the fact that Pirates last lifted the Nedbank Cup at the same venue three years ago, while the ongoing calls and requests from the club's supporters to lift the trophy is an added motivation.
"This is the last place we won something [Nedbank Cup in 2014], and we also played our last [league] game here four weeks ago," said Jonevret at Thursday's press conference at the match venue.
"I have spoken to so many people in town [Durban] and around the club, and everyone says 'Please, please give us the cup, give us the trophy.'
"Normally it could mean that you start to get nervous or you start to feel a lot of pressure, but I think it gives us more energy and the players also get more and more excited."
With previous coaches having failed to lift a trophy in the last three seasons, and their constant decline in the league seeing them end in 11th place this season, Jonevret defends that this is a fresh opportunity to turn things around.
"Of course there has been a lot of talks about the coach, but Pirates have had three new coaches since they have been in a cup final, so a lot of things have happened at the club," he added.
"This season has been mostly down but now it is chance to do something positive and have some fun in the end. I think this is a fantastic opportunity for us and we are looking forward to it, and it should be fantastic so we can't wait."
While SuperSport have been occupied in their CAF Confederation Cup campaign since the close of the Absa Premiership campaign, Bucs have been left idle in the build-up to Saturday's mammoth enounter.
Though, Jonevret feels it could still swing either way, and takes heed from the fact that he boasts a fully fit squad who are raring to go and end the season on a high.
"Unfortunately I can't do so much about it [being out of action for over four weeks] and we have had a few days off to start with, and we've since had three or three-and-a-half weeks of training and played friendlies," he explained.
"It could go both ways. The positive thing is that I have everyone fresh and we haven't played a tough game, so we haven't got any injuries and that has been positive.
"Normally it is good to play every week and it's best to have a schedule every week, but we can't do so much about it. I think we've prepared well, but we have to see that on Saturday evening. I hope and I think we can do something."