Kjell Jonevret interested to see Orlando Pirates team selected by fans in Carling Black Label Cup against Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 28 July 2017 Time: 16:25
Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret is hoping for a quality performance from his team in their Carling Black Label Cup clash, despite having no say in selection.
Pirates started their pre-season considerably later than other teams, after having their Nedbank Cup final scheduled for much later than usual and still needing some time off.
Following a dismal season – one that will not easily be forgotten too – in which the Buccaneers finished outside of the top eight for the first time since the inception of the PSL in 1994, expectations of an improved outfit are widespread.
The former Djurgadens mentor, who is participating in his first pre-season Soweto Derby, has praised the concept of giving the fans a voice in team selection.
"When I heard about [this competition] for the first time I said, 'What!? What's that?' But then I thought about it and it should be a fun thing – it's a party," expressed Jonevret.
"Im really looking forward to it, because I've said it many times – football without supporters would be pretty boring. I think it's very important that we involved them.
"I have tried a few days now... But it should be fun, I don't know what to expect, it's going to be interesting to see what happens."
However, with this weekend's clash against Kaizer Chiefs, featuring a team Jonevret has no say in while also having limited power in terms of substitutions, much cannot be read into the glorified friendly match, says the coach.
The Swede conceded that the team, as voted for by the supporters, may not be the same one he has in mind by the time the league campaign starts next month, but hopes those selected will do justice to the club and show that they "mean business" ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
"I'm pretty sure when the league starts, it won't be the same team as the one starting on Saturday," said Jonevret.
"I don't know, maybe they [team selected by the fans] will surprise me – well, maybe not surprise but go out there and play a fantastic game both in offence and defence then we [have to keep that team].
"But I think, in my head, we plan for a little bit more changes later on so I don't think it will be excatly the type of football and same team when we start the league.
"Let's hope that at least we show that this is the Pirates team. Last season was not too good so this hould give some hope back to the supporters, they need to see that they mean business this season and that we are going to be better."
The clash is scheduled to kick-off at 15h30 at the FNB Stadium, where over 70 000 supporters are expected to gather.