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Bucs Draw Against Mazembe In Zambia, Micho Speaks On Progress

Orlando Pirates Played To A Draw Against TP Mazembe

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 13, 2018 11:00 AM

Orlando Pirates played a goalless draw against Congolese giants TP Mazembe in their friendly match at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola in Zambia yesterday (Thursday). 

Read: Bucs’ Goalkeepers Analysed, Will Rotation System Continue? 

As confirmed on Bucs’ official website, the team’s head coach Milutin Sredojevic was impressed with what he saw from his players.  

“We played a total of 120 minutes of football against TP Mazembe, one of the best teams in Sub-Saharan Africa. Maybe the match came early for us but we are happy with the result because it has set the criteria and standards that we need to reach in order to compete in Africa,” Sredojevic told Bucs’ website. 

“This Mazembe team won the 2015 CAF Champions League title and won back-to-back CAF Confederations Cup titles in 2016 and 2017, and this is the standard we consistently needed to keep up with throughout the match,” added the coach. 

“It was a tough and competitive game because of the difference in the level of competitiveness between the two teams; we are from a break and in preparation for a new season, while they are competing regularly. It was two-way traffic though, despite the levels, with both teams attacking each other like boxers. We believe that this experience has benefited our young players a lot, especially in helping them understand what it means to play in Africa and against strong opposition that plays in continental competition,” said the Serbian mentor. 

Read: Dates Confirmed For Bucs’ Upcoming Three Matches 

Sredojevic has also given an analysis of how far his team has come and where they are since the start of the pre-season.

“We are practically finalising the third phase of our pre-season preparations and we will have three more weeks to fine tune the team both tactically and technically after this Zambian tour. We believe that we are on the right track. The important thing is to continue getting more game-time and we are slowly, gradually and progressively increasing the minutes of each player and once we reach the top competitive form, we believe that we shall succeed in giving our supporters positive results,” commented the coach.

“Our pre-season camp has helped us to set a strong foundation that will help us last in a very competitive season ahead. It’s too early to say we are at 100% but we are somewhere on the halfway line after three weeks. For us, it’s not important where we are at this stage because we are confident of where we are going. We now need to polish off our work and put the team in a position where the players are playing in accordance with our game model. Once we succeed in getting the players to understand our game model then we will be more effective in front of goals, whilst remaining solid defensively,” said Sredojevic. 


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lopi Joined: 02 Nov 2014
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lopi Jul 13, 2018 03:35 PM
clean sheet against TP Mazembe that's good
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# One man Skippa Joined: 07 Jul 2018
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# One man Skippa Jul 13, 2018 01:34 PM
When is Baster contract going to exp since they sign free agent.
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The Bucsboss Jul 13, 2018 01:24 PM
#UP THE BUCS.GOOD JOB GUYS.
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Kidos Jul 13, 2018 01:24 PM
This jealous chimps are paying Billiat 10 million, now they broke, they can't afford a coach. How are they going to go play in Caf Conf Cup?
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# One man Skippa Jul 13, 2018 11:56 AM
One of the best in Africa, 2015 Caf champions, 2016 & 2017 confederation cup while other teams playing against Buya Msotho, well done umlungu nomtomnyama u are about to serve ur rooibos tea.
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Kidos Jul 13, 2018 11:53 AM
Weldone boys and coaching staff,we played against one of the best. We coming alright. Ignore the coach less chimpanzees, this is what they good at, having jealous
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Sqholo sezhwane Jul 13, 2018 11:53 AM
Wash&wear the earphones you stole at moses mabhida ayafuneka wena barbaric hooligan chimpanzee.
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vitalisvundla123@gmail.com Jul 13, 2018 11:45 AM
this is the right direction and professinal way pirates has started the season. it's very good to test yourself against the best in africa and measure yourself going forward. please keep it up.
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BhakaTM Jul 13, 2018 11:40 AM
COWditor wheres the starting line up???
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Boris Becker Jul 13, 2018 11:22 AM
I hear Pirates goalkeeper coach needs an assistant as he says there's too many to manage alone.
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Boris Becker Jul 13, 2018 11:20 AM
@wash & wear Zambian Kwatcha, is worse than Zim Dollar. That choir's accomodation was very cheap. Any news about our new coach?
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@SCHUSTE Jul 13, 2018 11:18 AM
I must confess @Wash &Wear you such a comedian man even Mr Bean can't compete with you kikikikikiki
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Boris Becker Jul 13, 2018 11:17 AM
120 minutes, goals dololo! So Rats defended well...
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Boris Becker Jul 13, 2018 11:16 AM
@Khosi4Life - Say It As It Is kikikiki yes Khosi I thought we're the only ones playing these "useless" friendlies.
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@SCHUSTE Jul 13, 2018 11:15 AM
Since this article is about Pirates fans like Wash&Wear will get hrt when my team is doing well on their preparation with the African giants kikikikikiki
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Bhaka@pirates Jul 13, 2018 11:14 AM
Jelous must fall
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BIG-MIKE14_VERSUS EDITOR ROUND3 Jul 13, 2018 11:14 AM
too late editor, you sleeping on the job.
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Bhaka@pirates Jul 13, 2018 11:13 AM
Umona awusi ndawo
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Khosi4Life - Say It As It Is Jul 13, 2018 11:12 AM
@Boris Becker I'm still waiting to hear how Sundowns played against Township Rollers in Botswana.
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wash & wear Jul 13, 2018 11:12 AM
so imizwilili fc booked the whole hotel in zambia, players 49 + doctors 7 + technical team 6 + management 3= 65 tjoooooooooo

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