Sea change at Orlando Pirates

The Buccaneers are all set to appoint a new boss after the resignation of Kjell Jonevret

With the new PSL season only a couple of weeks away, the Buccaneers are set to bring a new coach, following the resignation of Kjell Jonevret on Wednesday. Indications are that the Swede was pushed out of Orlando, rather than wanting to leave of his own accord.

It is a daring move that may well backfire on the ailing Soweto Giants, given the close proximity of PSL matchday one and the fact that Jonevret had been making progress in the hotseat since being handled control of a team in utter shambles last campaign.

However, on a positive note, the man being touted as Jonevret’s replacement is no stranger to the pressures of managing one of the biggest clubs on the continent. Former Uganda coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic took charge of the Sea Robbers between June 2006 and January 2007, guiding the club the 2006 Caf Champions League semifinals.

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The well-travelled Serb has won league titles in Sudan and Ethiopia and was briefly the coach of the Rwandan national team before taking over the reins of Uganda. He enhanced his reputation immeasurably with the Cranes, helping them qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, their first appearance in the continental showpiece in 38 years. A striker in his playing days who turned out for a number of outfits in his native Serbia, he also managed the likes of the Yugoslavia U20 team.

The 47-year-old recently resigned from his Uganda post over a wage dispute, which he told ESPN represented a “wound for all my life”. The money owing to him is reported to be in the region of $64 000.

The Pirates brains trust will be hoping he is able to put the dispute behind him and takes to his new surroundings quickly. With the Ghost on his back, Sredojevic will need to inspire his charges to begin mounting a serious title challenge from day one.