Orlando Pirates' Micho Sredojevic says Telkom Knockout opponents Polokwane City are top class
Posted: 3 November 2017 Time: 11:00
Orlando Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic has described Polokwane City as “a top class team” ahead of their Telkom Knockout quarterfinal meeting at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.
City have proven to be a big problem for 'The Big Three' this season, beating Mamelodi Sundowns and then holding Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs to draws in league matches.
When Bucs last met City in September they needed a late goal from striker Thamsanqa Gabuza to secure a point in a 2-2 draw.
Pirates edged Golden Arrows 1-0 in the last-16, while City required a penalty shootout to overcome Ajax Cape Town after the sides could not be separated at the end of 120 minutes.
“Polokwane are a top class team. They have shown this by beating Sundowns in Pretoria and holding us the last time and Chiefs on Tuesday. We need to respect all the strong and weak points,” said Sredojevic, who is hoping Pirates recover from the 3-1 defeat suffered to Sundowns in the league on Wednesday.
The former Uganda national team coach says he has been impressed with his side’s performances in the first 10 league matches of the season, but admits that their results could have been better. They are on 14 points in the league, with just three victories.
“From the point of performance we are very much satisfied, but from the point of results we can do much better,” he said.
“In all the matches we have played we have in most matches that we have drawn or even lost, it was very close to a win. This is something that drives us to get individually better and to get much better as a team and perform to the highest standards.”
Micho confirmed that left-back Innocent Maela would have to go through a late fitness test after he limped off in the match against Downs in midweek.