Thabo Qalinge says Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic gives Orlando Pirates hope
Posted: 18 September 2017 Time: 13:45
Orlando Pirates attacking midfielder Thabo Qalinge believes the team is on the right track under new coach Milutin Sredojevic.
Pirates currently share the Premiership summit with Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United after going four matches unbeaten and collecting eight points.
Qalinge says 'Micho' inspires the team.
"I'd say he [Sredojevic] just gives us hope and you know he believes in us. We are also responding well," says Qalinge, whose club finished outside of the top eight for the first time in PSL history last term - prompting the exit of Swedish tactician Kjell Jonveret from Mayfair.
"He's pushing each and every one of us regardless of who's playing or not. We are taking it one game at a time and we will try to get the results."
Qalinge, who joined Pirates prior to the 2014/15 season, has played in all of Bucs' matches this campaign. The former Mpumalanga Black Aces star notably scored in a 1-1 draw with Baroka in August and was named Man of the Match in a goalless stalemate with Maritzburg at Harry Gwala Stadium this past Friday. Qalinge was originally meant to be a substitute against the Team of Choice but was handed a start when Mpho Makola took ill during the warm-up complaining of stomach cramps.
The 26-year-old says his confidence is on the rise ahead of tomorrow's visit of Cape Town City.
"It's always good to be playing and starting games as it is gives you confidence," adds the Soweto-born attacker.
"As I've said, the coach is giving us hope. We are taking it one game at a time and we'll try to grind the results in each and every game we play."