Orlando Pirates' Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic banking on African experience for Soweto Derby
Posted: 19 October 2017 Time: 13:45
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic believes his experience in big derbies on the African continent will come in handy when they meet Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.
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The Buccaneers played to a tedious 1-1 draw with Platinum Stars at FNB Stadium on Wednesday and return to the same venue this weekend, needing to improve, especially in attack where they have been wasting opportunities.
Micho has experience of coaching in the Soweto Derby, back in December 2006 during his first spell when a Shaun Bartlett header in second-half stoppage time broke Pirates hearts.
Benedict Vilakazi had given Bucs the lead, but Siyabonga Nkosi’s corner connected with the head of Bartlett who celebrated by taking his jersey off as Amakhosi escaped defeat.
“I played the last Soweto Derby with Orlando Pirates before FNB Stadium was closed for renovations for the World Cup, in front of a capacity crowd. It was that famous match where we where leading and with seven seconds to go we conceded a goal,” Micho tells KickOff.com.
“I am fully aware that this is one of the biggest derbies in the southern hemisphere. Respect to the derby of River Plate and Boca Juniors [in Argentina], but when you look at the excitement and what it means to South Africans, it makes me proud to be part of it. We are looking forward to it.”
He continues: “I have been privileged to play many derbies, in Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania. I have experience in those matches and I know that they mean.”
The former Uganda coach says form counts for nothing on derby day. Chiefs will go into the match on the back of a good win against Mamelodi Sundowns, while Pirates were not convincing at all against Dikwena.
“It will mean a lot [to win]. I have respect for Kaizer Chiefs as a club. I know that this is a totally different ball game. You can be in the best position possible, but what’s behind counts for nothing. It’s 90 minutes and it’s different.”