Micho thrilled by Bucs' CAF exploits


The Sea Robbers will contest honours with seven-time champions Al Ahly in a two-legged Final next month, having defeated Esperance in the last-four of the competition at the weekend.

Sredojevic, who is currently in charge of the Ugandan national team, steered Pirates to the semi-finals of the event in 2006, where they were eliminated by Tunisian outfit CS Sfaxien.

He also come unstuck at the same stage of CAF's premier club showpiece with Sudanese giants Al Hilal.

"Firstly, I would want to say that no one can pull my spirit from Pirates and I still know how to cross the bones. Like they say… Once a Pirate, always a Pirate," Sredojevic tells KickOff.com.

"I always follow Pirates and have been following Pirates from the first match that they played in this competition and I am so happy to see them reach the Final. 

"Pirates actually deserve to be in this final and there is absolutely no one to doubt their pedigree at this stage considering all the teams that they have gone past. 

"In Africa if you go past TP Mazembe, two Egyptian teams and a team from Tunisia then you definitely deserve to be not only in the Final but to win the trophy.

"Luckily they are playing a team (Al Ahly) that they have already beaten before in this competition. 

"So right now I say to Pirates impossible is nothing because everything is done on the field. 

"I am so happy to see Pirates in the Final because now I am able to see my former team do what I couldn’t do when I was with them in 2006. 

"I will now be able to live my dream of reaching a final in Africa with a club through Pirates. Pirates must actually now complete that dream for me by going on to win this trophy."

The Serbian adds: "I was actually at Orlando Stadium as a spectator when Pirates played the first leg against Esperance and was glad to meet Tebza (Teboho Moloi) and Floyd (Mbele).

"They introduced me to Roger de Sa before I had an emotional reunion with Senzo Meyiwa and Happy Jele, who both played their first games in professional football under me."