Micho: Mlambo the backbone of Bucs

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The Serbian courted some criticism for his rotation policy after Pirates made a slow start to the campaign.

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However, Bucs have gained some momentum of late with back-to-back wins over Black Leopards and SuperSport United.

Sredojevic maintains there is a reason behind the selection changes.

“We have never from match to match made more than three changes," Sredojevic said after a 3-1 defeat of SuperSport at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

“From the last match against Black Leopards, one was [Thamsanqa] Gabuza which all of us we know, I don’t have to explain he was red-carded.

“So, we brought in [Augustine] Mulenga and Ntsikelelo Nyauza. He put aside his problems that he had before and came back to the team.

“He [Mulenga] was [one of] our best performers last year and he has come back. He got a chance as a second change otherwise it has been consistent.

“We will keep up having a team where we expect performance and detail, and weaknesses that we recognise in our opponents as our strong point that our players are showing.

“We will still keep up with having technical direction in choosing regarding the first team.”

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Meanwhile, 'Micho' is pleased with the form of midfield maestro Mlambo, who was named Man of the Match on the weekend.

“We believe that he is in the top three best midfielders in the country and is showing match by match that he is the real backbone of our team.

“I wish he can keep up performing this way being a role model and example to others, and in the same moment growing in confidence and showing that he is a real pillar of the team.”

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