We can match the league’s top teams – Kjell Jonevret

We can match the league’s top teams – Kjell Jonevret
Onismor Bhasera of Supersport United challenges Thembinkosi Lorch of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match Orlando Pirates and Supersport United on the 07 March 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Mar 08, 2017. 10:00

Kjell Jonevret believes Orlando Pirates’ 1-1 draw with SuperSport United on Tuesday night is proof that they can compete with the Absa Premiership’s top teams.

The result may have extended the Buccaneers’ winless streak in the league to 11 matches, but their new Swedish coach was still prepared to take the positives out of a game which saw Thembinkosi Lorch’s goal cancel out Thabo Mnyamane’s opener.

Jonevret has overseen three successive 1-1 draws, with the match against United following on from the same score lines against both Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs.

“Positive again, for the third game in a row. Character: good. I think we have shown to ourselves now that we can play at the same level of the top teams, like SuperSport and Kaizer Chiefs,” Jonevret told SuperSport TV cameras after the match, as quoted by Kick Off.

“But of course we want to win games, but I think today you could see it was two tired teams, I think especially for us, it was a lot of energy and the derby against Kaizer Chiefs takes a lot of energy from you.

“Maybe I should have put in some other players, but I’m also learning, it’s my first two weeks down here, but I’m happy that we came back [from a goal down] again and I’m happy that we can show everyone that we are at the same level as the top teams.”

Pirates’ next assignment sees them take on lower league side EC Bees in the first round of the Nedbank Cup this weekend.

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