Bucs: Pirates Have Changed
Orlando Pirates have changed since coach Eric Tinkler's tenure
Orlando Pirates lock horns with SuperSport United this week as the Soweto giants aim to keep the pressure on log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, and while SuperSport may have had the advantage in the past, it’s no longer the case.
Eric Tinkler was at the helm of SuperSport when the sides played out to a goalless draw in the first round of the 2017/18 Absa Premiership, and with Tinkler having previously coached Bucs, he may have had insight into Pirates and their players.
It’s a different ball game this time around, with Tinkler no longer in the mix following his resignation and Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic implementing his style of play.
Ahead of Wednesday’s crucial game, the club’s Media Manager Thandi Merafe believes that Bucs are a completely different team under Sredojevic.
Tinkler was in charge of the Buccaneers between 2015 and 2016 where he won an MTN8 Cup and steered the team to the finals of the CAF Confederations Cup, and while they were successful under his watch, Merafe believes they are on a different path now.
“We are a completely different proposition to what we were under coach Eric,” said Merafe.
“Also people need to consider that following Eric’s departure he went to another team and we ourselves have had other coaches so we are a different team altogether. We will be playing for three points, that’s what matters,” added Merafe.
The Sea Robbers are currently in the second spot on the PSL table and are four points behind Mamelodi Sundowns, having played the same amount of games.
This means that Milutin Sredojevic’s men will have to win Wednesday’s encounter in order to remain in touching distance of the log leaders.