Micho addresses Zamalek links

Premiership

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has been strongly linked with the vacant job at Egyptian giants Zamalek.

Sredojevic guided Pirates to a forceful 3-1 victory in their 2019/20 Absa Premiership opener against Bloemfontein Celtic at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

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A few hours before the encounter kicked off, reports surfaced that The White Knights had come knocking on his door in order to take over as head coach.

Asked whether there was any truth to the rumours after the match, The Buccaneers mentor remained mum thereon but instead pledged his loyalty to the club and its chairman.

“This is something on which I don’t want to comment, I will just say there is interest from many parts of the world but I am a soldier and servant of Orlando Pirates,” said Micho.

“I am totally loyal to my African football father Dr Irvin Khoza, and if anyone has anything to do, his is the right address [to go to].

“Until I’m no longer needed here, I will serve loyally, and when the time comes [to leave] I will still remain a supporter, removing the jersey of the head coach and placing on the supporter’s jersey.

“Maybe you will see me on the opposite side [one day], but I will forever love and respect this great club that I’m honoured, pleased and privileged to coach.”

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According to reports in Egypt, Micho was approached following the sacking of coach Khaled Galal after just four games in charge last week.

However, the Serbian explained his situation at Pirates and offered an apology for not being in a position to accede the call for his services.

“Orlando [Pirates] did not let me go and coach Zamalek. I spoke with all the Zamalek officials and they talked to me, and [I] apologized to them and explained my position,” he was quoted by Egyptian website FilGoal.com.

"I wanted to coach Zamalek but unfortunately it will not happen now, and Orlando refused to let me do that. I have a year left in my contract with Orlando and I will not be able to do anything.”

On whether the offer was suitable, Sredojevic responded: "It's not important now to talk about the offer because things are over and I will continue normally with Orlando. I apologize again to Zamalek."

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