Barely 24 hours after the Total CAF Champions League and Total Confederations cup draw, Orlando Pirates coach Multin Micho Sredejovic is preaching optimism and respect for the other teams drawn against Pirates in group B.
The four time ABSA league champions are pooled alongside Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum, last season’s surprise package Horoya from Guinea and Esperance from Tunisia.
Micho speaks fondly about Horoya who made the Quarter finals ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns last season and FC Platinum who seem to be the underdogs in the group with defending champions Esperance being the most experienced of the lot.
For Micho, the players can help sail the boat.
“It’s a very tough competitive group with top teams and quality players, I have a lot of respect for Platinums’ coach coach Norman Mapeza he is doing a great job with his team and they will be a very tough but to crack,” Micho told www football-256.com on an exclusive interview.
“We are going to play against very well funded teams but we are up to the challenge and we shall do good preparations for every match we shall play,” he added.
Micho will always be remembered in Uganda as the man who delivered the Cranes to the promised land after 38 years away from continental football.
His knowledge of the African game will make Orlando Pirates a team to beat in every sense of the word.
“We shall give our best with highest degrees of respect to all the opponents but have self respect to ourselves as well,” he said.
“We are looking forward to using the talent and quality of our players against all the the good teams in the group to help us later on get far in the tournament.”
In his first stint as coach at Pirates in 2006, the former Cranes coach guided the side to the semi final stage of the competition.
He repeated the same feat with All Hilal of Sudan in 2011, only to be eliminated by eventual winners Esperance 3-0 on aggregate.
Orlando Pirates are one of only two teams from South Africa (Sundowns is the other) to ever lift the CAF Champions League.
The sea robbers like they are fondly known lifted the converted trophy in 1995 with former South African legends like Mark Fish in their roaster.