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Vladimir Vermezovic - Nedbank Cup is our last hope

Written By Themba Khumalo on Monday, April 7, 2014 | Monday, April 07, 2014

Orlando Pirates suffered their second defeat in a row after they went down 1-0 to SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

After the game, Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic (VV) congratulated SuperSport for winning the game, but he was worried that his team’s defence did not do much to avert United from scoring the goal. He was worried that the team was conceding soft goals from either the left or right full back position but the overall performance of the team was much better than previous game.

The coach bemoaned missing of goalscoring opportunities as the biggest downfall of the team.

“Our biggest problem is scoring. We made everything to create chances but the final touch is what we need. I changed strikers in the past 4 games but poor finishing is the biggest problem in the team. There is no time for proper training because after every game is a recovery phase and thereafter it is another fixture. We got opportunities but our players didn’t shoot and how are we going to win games without scoring goals.”

The coach attributed overall poor form to fatigue and lack of recovery time.

“Players are tired and some are not psychological ready to carry on this season. Some players already played more than 50 games this season. The CAF schedule is strange as we played whilst other teams were in holiday and others in preseason training.”

The coach is now targeting the Nedbank Cup to salvage the pride of the team.

“Losing two consecutively games is not a good situation. We need to do well in the league but the Nedbank Cup is our last chance to win silverware this season. We have adequate 7 days to prepare against Mamelodi Sundowns for the Nedbank Cup.  It would be nice to win Nedbank Cup. We need to fight hard. The boys must keep on working hard and results will come.

The coach also revealed the whereabouts of Collins Mbesuma.

“Collins Mbesuma is the one of the most experienced player in the team. He is part of the team but his body is retiring and not mental ready to play.”

By Owen Mundalamo
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