By Isaac Ndou
JOHANNESBURG: The buccaneers humiliated Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 on the weekend in a match which simply meant that the team on the losing end will have slipped away from being league champions at the end of the season.
Even after partially eliminating Chiefs out of the league race, Orlando Pirates Coach Milutin Sredojevic has chosen to refrain from talks about his team now having their sights on the league title, which is being labelled as being a potential mind game.
The buccaneers humiliated Chiefs 3-1 on the weekend in a match which simply meant that the team on the losing end will have slipped away from being league champions at the end of the season. After that match, the Bucs coach was asked to reveal his title ambitions but he insisted he is not after it, the same reply he gave after they hammered Chippa United in Port Elizabeth.
Pirates have hit top form when it matters most and have scored 7 goals in their last two matches they played against United whom they beat 4-2 and Chiefs whom they recently beat 3-1. One of the reasons they are unstoppable is the fact that they have no “man marking” target for oppositions. As they have players like Luvuyo Memela, Justine Shonga, Innocent Maela, Happy Jele and Musa Nyatama who have hit top form when it matters most.
However, the Serbian coach might have to clearly reveal his ambitions now as its more sensible to say the league race has now come down to The Buccaneers and The Brazilians who are only differed by four points with seven games still to play.
Micho and his assistant Rhulani Mokoena could be resorting to letting Mamelodi Sundowns believe that Pirates are not a threat to their title chase, making them to possibly snatch the title like a storm. Mokoena who worked with Pitso Mosimane for a long time at Downs probably has information he knows about his former side which could help them end up with the biggest domestic trophy on offer.
The Sea Robbers have won four of the last five matches in all competition and will want to continue building on that when they travel to Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup next week Wednesday night. They will resume their league duties three days later when they travel to the Zululand to take on Clinton Larsen’s Lamontville Golden Arrows.