Micho expects ‘derby’ feel against Usuthu


Pirates are set to face another Durban side just three days after being held by Golden Arrows, when they visit Usuthu at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Buccaneers will be looking to bounce back against a mulish outfit led by coach Cavin Johnson, and Sredojevic has taken note of the dangers of their situation regarding their recent points deduction ordered by FIFA.

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However, the Serbian rejects any possible impact it may have had on the team’s threat and has thus stressed that his charges will go out fully focused on obtaining the points.

“We have the highest degree of respect for AmaZulu. We regret that our dear colleague Cavin and his team are not [impacted] because it was an administrative aspect of being deducted the points,” said 'Micho'.

“However, we know that whenever the so-called ‘big three’, and any other team – even Maritzburg United, come to them it’s not an easy place to play.

“But, I have belief in the work we do, and I have total trust, confidence and belief in our players because we know where we are going and what kind of challenge we have in front of us.

“We want to use the few days in front of us to recover properly and we know that we are going for a proper derby match, in which each moment you need to be totally in the game because it is a fine line between failing and succeeding.

“So, being fully aware of that, we are going with full respect to the opponents, self-respect to ourselves, total respect to the funny, tricky, unpredictable nature of football, and we will go into the game ready and fighting for the points.”