Micho explains Nkosi substitutions
Posted: 6 December 2017 Time: 10:15
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has explained his reasoning behind using striker Ayanda Nkosi as a stoppage-time substitute in consecutive matches.
The former Free State Stars forward came on in the 93rd minute of the match for misfiring Thamsanqa Gabuza against SuperSport United last night, moments before referee Victor Gomes blew the final whistle.
Nkosi was also a stoppage-time substitution in the previous 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic. Despite the fact that strikers at the club are firing blanks at the moment, Nkosi is not getting enough time on the pitch to prove himself.
He is seemingly being used to kill time towards the end of the game rather than to make an impact.
“Allow me to tell you like this: You know we are day in and day out with the players and we know all of them, what they are doing and what they are capable to do, and how they can do it,” Sredojevic said.
“Today, one disadvantage for the players that we have only put one player in because the game has been so tight. Meaning working on a tightrope it could go their way or our way. Nobody can be guaranteed that temperature because it is different in the match.
“This is the three instructions I'm giving into the players: First be extremely aggressive to get the temperature of the game, be simple to get the confidence of the game and give impact on what you are supposed to give.”
Sredojevic added that Nkosi has been working hard at training and he will be given his chance.
Nkosi has only made 10 appearances for Bucs since joining them from Stars last season.
“The way the game was going on the tightrope we could score, they could score,” Sredojevic said.
“So we were looking to keep as it is because at any moment it could go our direction. Very unfortunate for him that it was not early enough but he is working hard and he is knocking on the door and he is an equal candidate for Saturday's game against AmaZulu,” concluded the Serbian.