'Bucs striving towards habitual success'

Nedbank Cup

Sredojevic is known as a well-travelled coach that has brought success to many a club and national team over nearly two decades spent in Africa.

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The Serbian, however, is yet to establish himself as an elite tactician in the Premier Soccer League, having lasted just six months during his previous spell at Pirates in 2006 while failing to obtain a trophy over the past 18 months since his return.

The Buccaneers’ wait for silverware has thus stretched four-and-a-half years since they lifted the Nedbank Cup in May 2014, and they will now be hoping to reclaim the trophy when they commence their journey with a Last 32 clash against Black Leopards this Saturday.

However, ‘Micho’, while reflecting on his previous exploits, has reiterated his target of building a formidable Bucs identity that will not only end their current drought but ensure sustained success.

“I count myself extremely privileged to, in my personal capacity, have won 15 major trophies in the last 18 years at club and national team level, and several other accolades of helping over 180 players change their lives by playing across Europe, Asia and elsewhere,” said Sredojevic.

“Those are things that you are proud of, but this is history and the present is so important. As our chairman [Irvin Khoza] likes to say, ‘You cannot dry today’s washing with yesterday’s sun.’ So, you can’t think about past times but focus on the present.

“As a club, in the last few years we have gone through a patch of dry seasons and we are doing everything possible to revert that and bring [success back to the club], but this has no philosophy of pressing a button and things start happening.

“Fully aware of that, we want to reach the standard, which we believe we are not very far from, of winning trophies and continuing to do so in years ahead, so that it becomes not only an occasional happening but a pure habit of collecting something every season.”

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