Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic apologises to supporters following Highlands Park draw

The 2018/19 PSL Coach of the Season nominee feels that the Buccaneers have improved under his guidance
The 2018/19 PSL Coach of the Season nominee feels that the Buccaneers have improved under his guidance

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has issued an apology to the club's supporters after their 1-1 draw against rookies Highlands Park.

The Buccaneers failed to start their 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign with a win despite the coach promising they will dish up a 'delicious meal' to the Ghost family this season.

In front of a packed Orlando Stadium on Saturday night, the Soweto giants stuttered at home,  as Justin Shonga's penalty saved Pirates' blushes.

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As they now prepare to face Chippa United away this week, the Serbian boss has urged the club's supporters to keep rallying behind the team as they look to rectify their errors.

"I would say that I have the deepest regret, and I would apologise to our supporters for this situation that was very unfortunate. I do not remember, in a long time, when Orlando Stadium was this much full with supporters,” Sredojevic was quoted as saying by VodacomSoccer.

“To whoever had come, we deeply regret what happened. We owe them, and I have a sense that, with the effort of the players – they had given everything, but football is like that,” Sredojevic said.

“Having in mind that this is a marathon of 30 matches, it is not good to be on this side to not have won something like we had planned,” he added.

"However, the blessing in disguise is that this is a league where you can still do corrections by way of collecting points when you have dropped some,” continued 'Micho'.

"We owe it to our supporters, and I need to put my hand up and say, in a way this is far from being the best that this team can do,” reacted the manager.

“We believe in the work we're doing, we believe in the players and we know we shall do much better,” said the coach.

"We also believe the support will come even more because we are getting the driving force from our supporters, and we shall still keep on until they are satisfied with results and with the football," he concluded.

Pirates finished as runners-up to champions Mamelodi Sundowns last season, and as Micho put it, they will have to fight even harder if they are to lift a trophy this season.

However, with Chippa having started their new campaign with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Steve Komphela's Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday, the encounter against Pirates is set to be a thrilling affair.

The clash against the Chilli Boys will be staged at the Nelson Mandela Bay at 19:30 on Wednesday night.

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