Orlando Pirates coach Micho: Hoodoo teams don't exist
Posted: 26 January 2018 Time: 12:16
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic does not buy into the notion that Platinum Stars are a "hoodoo team" for the Buccaneers.
Pirates, who trail log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by seven points with 12 matches left, will take on bottom-placed Dikwena at 15h30 at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday.
The sides played to a 1-1 scoreline in the reverse fixture in Soweto on October 18, having drawn six of eight league meetings in total.
Stars were the last team to register a win when they beat Bucs 2-1 in May 2016, while the Buccaneers previously came out on top with a 2-0 victory in February 2015.
'Micho', however, is not reading anything into his side's record against the Phokeng-based outfit.
"This season has seen us do away with so-called hoodoo teams," Sredojevic told his club's website.
"I don’t believe there is such a thing as hoodoo team, it is just a mental block that has no basis in reality because we are a quality side.
"Therefore, the approach will be similar to the approach we had for Celtic and Sundowns.
"We are fully focused and determined to play a positive brand of football, with high levels of concentration throughout the match because this is an important game for us.
"For them it will be a battle to move away from the relegation zone, and for Pirates it will be a fight to stay within touching distance of the leading pack.
"This is an important match for us, too much is at stake and for that reason we will leave it all on the field."
Pirates were denied a hat-trick of victories in 2018 when they were held to a 1-1 stalemate by Polokwane City last time out.
Micho believes the clash with Stars provides a great opportunity to show they are not getting complacent.
"Platinum Stars is the perfect match to give answers to whether we were complacent or, the reality that we faced a defensively well-organised Polokwane City.
"But as the technical team we are doing everything possible in managing partnerships, departments and our players as individuals in order to chase away any whiff of complacency in the team," concluded the Serbian, who only has two injury concerns in defender Justice Chabalala and winger Thabo Qalinge.