In August this year, Orlando Pirates made history in South African football by becoming the first club to employ a full-time finishing coach in Stephane Adam, and now the club’s head coach Milutin Sredojevic has spoken about the Frenchman’s contribution to the team.
After taking over as the Specialist Coach for Finishing at Pirates, Adam explained that his role entails helping players to make the correct decisions at the right time and to have proper technique to finish the action, among other important aspects of the game.
Earlier on in the season, different opinions were made about the Frenchman’s role with some pundits and football fans appearing to be mocking the Soweto giants for creating such a specific role in their technical team, or for appointing Adam to their technical team which already had highly capable tacticians in Sredojevic and his assistant Rulani Mokwena.
Following Bucs’ impressive 5-1 win over Light Stars FC of Seychelles in the CAF Champions League on Wednesday, Sredojevic answered to the media’s questions about Adam’s work with the team so far.
“First of all you need to know that we have been, in times, when it was a storm about us and that was in August, and I want to call it a joking object that many were saying, ‘What these people are doing and how and whatever?’ But now three months after, maybe your eyes and eyes of our supporters are not seeing. But ourselves, we are seeing the finishing technique and here he is present (pointing to Mpho Makola who is seated next to him). If I’m not telling the truth, here is the player that could tell you that those training sessions are a kind of injection to (raise) the confidence of players in order to have that finishing touch and finishing aspect,” the Serbian coach told the media.
“Meaning that it usually is angles, positioning with one touch, with two touches, from different positions and this is something what we as the technical team… we highly value what Stephen Adam is doing. We have no words to express to that. It is a huge added value and we are happy to have him around and now after some time you could see that we are trying, except in the match against Mamelodi Sundowns where we didn’t score, goals are coming,” added the coach.
“Still very far (from) what is supposed be but we could see with individual players the way they are (compared to) the way they have been (and it’s like) when you can see that your kids are growing, but with the highest degree of respect to the players, it means to them they are happy to do it and they will still do and we shall be much better,” he concluded.