Happy Micho: Champions League? It’s Normal For Pirates
Orlando Pirates’ head coach, Milutin Sredojevic, says that while he’s happy to have secured a CAF Champions League spot, it’s something that the club should expect.
The Buccaneers finalised their spot in the next edition of Africa’s premier club competition on Wednesday night with an impressive 4-0 victory over Bidvest Wits, landing their biggest win in more than two years.
Pirates haven’t played in the CCL since reaching the final of the competition, where they were beaten by Al Ahly in 2013, but will be joining Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2018/19 edition as they look to represent South African on the continent.
However, the Serbian doesn’t see it as a major achievement, and speaking to the media after the game, ‘Micho’ said, “I’m happy that we’ve qualified for the Champions League for the first time since reaching the final in 2013, but in the same moment I need to say that it is nothing special where we are. This jersey, this badge, this team, the millions of supporters, they deserve to be here. It’s something that is normal for us. Last season was abnormal.
“We’re extremely happy as a technical team to work with players that are keeping the badge and jersey in their heart. Every single player is giving 200%, everyone wants to contribute. They have given their all for something that is normal in Orlando Pirates.”
Esperance de Tunis, Al Ahly, ASEC Mimosas and African Stars are the other clubs that have already booked their spot in the next edition of the CCL.