Local News 19.5.2017 01:30 pm

Jonevret eyes Nedbank Cup to appease Pirates fans

Kjell Jonevrett coach  of Orlando Pirates (Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix)

Kjell Jonevrett coach of Orlando Pirates (Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix)

With Orlando Pirates’ chance to finish on top half of the table looking highly unlikely, Bucs coach Kjell Jonevret has now shifted his full focus on winning the Nedbank Cup as some sort of redemption for the team’s barren season.

The Buccaneers blew their chance of sneaking into the top-eight on the final day of the PSL fixtures after being held to a goalless draw by Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday night.

The result saw the Soweto giants fall to 11th place in the table, three points behind the Urban Warriors who are eighth. They also trail their cup opponents Golden Arrows, who are in ninth place, by one point, with only one game left.

And now, a meeting with Arrows in the Ke Yona semifinal at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday is vital for Jonevret and his players to at least have something to smile about at the end of the season, particularly since it is the club’s 80th anniversary this year.

“It is an important game for us, every game has been important trying to get into the top eight and to stay in the cup. So, we don’t have many days to prepare, we played on Wednesday and we will play again on Sunday, but it is the same with Arrows,” said the Pirates coach.

“We are just trying to get some energy back, we had a light training session with the boys and we will have two sessions today and on Saturday before we go there. It should be fun, it is a chance to do something good this season,” he added.

“We had some ups and downs and the results haven’t been as everybody expected. But we have to do something good in the cup and we should do that. We know it is going to be tough, but at the same time it is a chance for us to do something.”

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Chiefs 1-0 Wits
Sundows 2-2 Highlands
Arrows 2-1 Pirates

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# Team GP Pts
1 Bidvest Wits 30 60
2 Sundowns 30 57
3 Cape Town City 30 55
4 Kaizer Chiefs 30 50
5 SuperSport United 30 48
6 Polokwane City 30 43
7 Maritzburg Utd 30 38
8 Arrows 30 38
9 Platinum Stars 30 37
10 Ajax Cape Town 30 36
11 Orlando Pirates 30 33
12 Bloemfontein Celtic 30 29
13 Chippa United 30 28
14 Free State Stars 30 28
15 Baroka FC 30 28
16 Highlands Park 30 27

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