Micho Sredojevic admits respect for Pitso Mosimane and Mamelodi Sundowns despite poor recent form
Posted: 31 October 2017 Time: 08:00
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic will not be underestimating a wounded Mamelodi Sundowns, and labels Pitso Mosimane the "Alex Ferguson of South African football".
Pirates will play host to The Brazilians in a much-anticipated Absa Premiership encounter at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening at 19h30.
The last time the two sides met in Soweto, Downs walked away 2-0 victors in May, while the previous fixture was the infamous 6-0 drubbing of Bucs at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in February.
However, the Buccaneers have since welcomed in a new head coach and assistant coach in Rulani Mokwena, and are well on their way to restoring the club's pride, having lost just one game to defending league champions Bidvest Wits this season.
Sundowns, meanwhile, are going through a rare slump under Mosimane, as they currently come off a run of three consecutive defeats in league and cup competitions.
Despite this, Sredojevic believes it will be a tough battle against the outgoing African champions, who have shown their pedigree over the past two years.
"We are having in front of us match number 10 in the league and we are playing a team that have proven themselves still as reigning African champions," said Micho in the build-up to the clash.
"They are a very good group of individuals that are playing top class football as a team. They have my very good friend of the last 15 years since I came to South Africa Pitso Mosimane, who for me is the Alex Ferguson of South African football as a coach.
"It might look like an extraordinary league match both for us and them, but we are totally concentrated on the game.
"It is one team that has reached the best of their abilities in the last two years against another team that is on the rise – ourselves. We are in the process of rebuilding and the process of proving ourselves.
"We are extremely motivated, respecting our opponents while also having respect for ourselves, our club of 80 years, our supporters and most importantly the funny and unpredictable nature of football.
"We are entering Wednesday's game with intention to measure ourselves, to see how far we have come, to give our best in 90 minutes and look forward to getting the best we can from the match."