Milutin Sredojevic calls for patience from Orlando Pirates supporters
Posted: 25 July 2018 Time: 08:00
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has explained the club’s behind-closed-doors approach to the season and assures supporters they will soon get to enjoy “delicious food”.
The Buccaneers have been keeping their 2018/19 pre-season preparations under wraps thus far, having enjoyed camps in Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Zambia and Cape Town.
The team have played a number of friendly matches behind closed doors against local and foreign opposition, amongst those being Congolese giants TP Mazembe.
As a result of the annual Carling Black Label Cup having been called off for 2018, supporters have been made to wait to see their team in action in the lead up towards the start of the campaign, which is scheduled to kick off in exactly 10 days.
However, Sredojevic has called on the Bucs faithful to patiently wait “to be brought to the table” while the team is busy with preparations “in the kitchen”.
“I would tell you something. You know, we count ourselves like we are in the kitchen, we are cooking, and consumers – our supporters – need to wait to be brought to the table,” explained Sredojevic.
“It will be brought to the table at 19h30 [kick-off is set for 20h15] on August 4, so until then let them [wait]. You know, food is more delicious when you want it so much and it’s brought.
“If you start trying before, maybe it could not be as delicious. So, we shall do our best to prepare very delicious food from the point of performance and results ahead of us.”
Above: Sredojevic oversees his players' preparations in the kitchen during a pre-season team-building exercise. [via @orlandopirates on Twitter]
The Serbian tactician would not allow himself to get carried away with promising what the fans can expect, but holds great optimism in as far as their own performance is concerned.
“We are not here to promise much. We are looking to focus on those details [performance and results], because if we speak about promises, nobody has ever succeeded to fulfil them,” he defended.
“We would rather let the football be the one to talk, and we are looking forward that football will talk.”