Milutin Sredojevic regretful over Orlando Pirates' failed promise
Posted: 6 August 2018 Time: 08:00
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has offered an apology to the club’s supporters and says the team will need to redeem themselves after delivering a 'cold dish'.
Pirates served up a less than impressive performance in their opening Absa Premiership encounter against Highlands Park, which ended 1-1 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.
This came after ‘Micho’ promised the Buccaneers faithful that the team would be serving “delicious food” once the season gets underway after the club went through a clandestine pre-season.
However, with fans chomping at the bit to see their team in action for the first time since May, Bucs conceded a howler of an own-goal in the opening 15 minutes in front of an impressive home crowd as they went on to salvage a point against the topflight returnees.
With deep regret, Sredojevic issued a public apology for the side’s underwhelming result, before acknowledging their debt to their expectant “spiritual owners”.
“First of all, I need to tell you the power of this team, we have our spiritual owners – our supporters, whose hard lives we want to make as happy as possible,” said the Serbian tactician.
“We have worked very hard in order to come and serve them in the best possible way. However, some things in this game you can’t control.
“I would say that I have the deepest regret, and I would apologise to our supporters for this situation that was very unfortunate. I do not remember, in a long time, when Orlando Stadium was this much [full] with supporters.
“To whoever had come, we deeply regret what happened. We owe them, and I have a sense that, with the effort of the players – they had given everything, but football is like that.
“But, having in mind that this is a marathon of 30 matches, it is not good to be on this side to not have won something like we had planned. However, the blessing in disguise is that this is a league where you can still do corrections by way of collecting points when you have dropped some.
“We owe it to our supporters, and I need to put my hand up and say, in a way this is far from being the best that this team can do. We believe in the work we’re doing, we believe in the players and we know we shall do much better.
“We also believe the support will come even more because we are getting the driving force from our supporters, and we shall still keep on until they are satisfied with results and with the football.”