Orlando Pirates' Micho Sredojevic to rest players in CAF Champions League rematch with Light Stars for Telkom Knockout final against Baroka
Posted: 5 December 2018 Time: 12:00
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has indicated he will rest key players for the Telkom Knockout final when they meet Light Stars in a Champions League match today.
Pirates took a 5-1 lead to Seychelles for the second leg of their preliminary round tie, and should be confident of advancing in the CAF competition without putting influential personnel at unnecessary risk.
Bucs will afterwards face Baroka in the TKO decider at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday (18h00).
“We are focusing on the away match in Seychelles where we shall take a competitive team to go there, but some players will get rested to be ready for the final,” 'Micho' said.
“When you look at that, we need properly to judge because we cannot bring ourselves ethically to be disrespectful towards our players. As their bodies being our weapons (sic), we need to respect and not overload them because if we do so usually it comes to injuries.
“So, our players are the most important (thing) to us and we shall look at the strategy to share the timing for everyone to contribute for the team, because it is a team sport and we are looking to get the best from our talented players.”
The Serbian may stick with the same team that did the business in the first leg at home after making nine changes from their 2-1 victory over Kaizer Chiefs.
“We played against Chiefs and when you have that in mind this is the match that brings so much tension and stress.
“There is so much hype around that game and from that game until a match against Light Stars we were changing nine players. From Wednesday until now also nine players, because only (Mpho) Makola and (Nyasha) Munetsi they have been in the team.
“And this is the way that needs to be done in order not to bring the players into an overloading moment. And not bring them in a situation because overloading injuries will come. So, we cannot do such significant changes like we have done now.”