Abbubaker Mobara of Orlando Pirates challenged by Tiyani Mabunda of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 13 January 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Sunday Jan 14, 2018. 09:00
In the wake of their 3-1 Absa Premiership win over Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has dedicated their win to the Ghosts’ faithful.
Speaking after the match at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the coach said credit must go to his charges for the hard-fought win.
The Soweto giants netted through Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Mpho Makola and Luvuyo Memela, but the hosts found the back of the net through Percy Tau which was not enough for them to win.
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"First, for a good match you need a good team. We played a top quality team that has played three matches in one week. We prepared well. The game has been a cut and paste of what we have been preparing at Orlando Stadium," Sredojevic told SuperSport TV.
"I want to give credit to the players. They have given everything and really believed in this day because it was too much drama in 2017 for our supporters.
“From the technical team and the players I'd like to dedicate this win to the supporters for all the pain they have suffered. I think a bit of sweetness in their lives in the New Year, they deserve it.
"When you play Sundowns they have the mileage in the legs of international players so they are never under pressure, whether they up or down, they play the same way. For us we are a work in progress, we are a team that is developing.
“We have shown competitiveness as we have scored three goals in two games [in a row]. We could have wrapped it up, but it's good for our football that there were chances and it was good to watch in the stadium and on television."