Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has revealed regrets as he described the feeling of narrowly missing out on the Absa Premiership title this past weekend.
Pirates burst out of the blocks in their final encounter at home to Polokwane City on Saturday, taking a 3-0 lead into half-time as they looked to snatch the title from Mamelodi Sundowns.
However, the Brazilians’ solitary goal just before half-time against now-relegated Free State Stars in Bethlehem was enough to see them over the line and condemn The Buccaneers to their fifth season without silverware.
Sredojevic conceded disappointment at not being able to lift the league trophy but reflected on the steady progress the team has made over the past two seasons.
“There is a balance between disappointment, hard luck and regret. Regret that we had 12 drawn matches but in at least six of them we had been so close to winning,” said Micho.
“But once you’re reaching this point, having in mind that life is not a bed of roses, we’ve had a rollercoaster season, where up to the last minute everything was still open.
“I think all of us have a reason on one end to be proud of what we have done, and in the same moment to have mixed emotions of regret on why we did not [win the title].
“But this is a lesson learnt, either we win, or we have learnt lessons, and we are looking forward towards much more and much better.
“Orlando Pirates has in the last two seasons really returned the pride and smiles on the faces of our supporters, but this is still a process and we just need to tell ourselves that we move forward with a firm platform of the two seasons behind us.”
The Serbian tactician further sent a message of congratulations to his counterparts in Chloorkop, reserving special praise for Denis Onyango, whom he mentored while with the Ugandan national team prior to his return to Pirates.
“I’d also like to use the opportunity as a sportsman, as a coach, as an opponent to express sincerely to coach Pitso and his technical team; Sundowns management; supporters; my boy Denis Onyango, who has been a decisive factor even on Saturday; Hlompho Kekana as captain and all their players; congratulations on 59 points that was not accessible to us.”