Orlando Pirates coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic says FC Platinum players will look to showcase their abilities in tonight’s CAF Champions League encounter in order attract the interest of South African teams.
The Zimbabwe champions arrived in South Africa on Wednesday ahead of the match that is scheduled for 9 pm at Orlando Stadium in Jo’burg. They are bottom of Group B, with just one point from their four games and realistically no longer standing a chance of progression,
In an interview with Kick-Off, the Serbian coach said that the visiting players want to emulate the likes of Khama Billiat by landing moves to the PSL.
“Coach Norman Mapeza and his team are coming from a country that has an enormous number of talented players, and I do not need to go far back in my 19 years on the continent to remember how Zimbabwean teams have used the CAF interclub platform as an entrance into the South African league,” said Micho.
“I just reminded myself of when I coached [Al-Hilal in the 2010 CAF Confederation Cup] against CAPS United, how afterwards Khama Billiat and Method Mwanjali came [to Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns respectively].
“So, fully aware of that, we need to be mindful that they’ll come with an extreme amount of economical motivation to prove themselves – we respect that, but we give more self-respect.
“We worked very hard to bring ourselves into a position to go to the quarter-finals, and we had been in that position that would lead us to the next stage until the last match [against Esperance], and now it’s a case of, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”