Njabulo Ngidi
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11 Apr 2014
7:00 am

Vlad eyes elusive silverware

Njabulo Ngidi

Orlando Pirates might be struggling in the final stretch of the Absa Premiership, but coach Vladimir Vermezovic believes he and the club have the right balance to see the outfit finally win something this season.

Upset: Vladimir Vermezovic. Pic: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

The Nedbank Cup would have been a chance for Pirates to win their fourth cup of the season had they won the MTN8, Caf Champions League and Telkom Knockout where they reached the final. But it wasn’t to be as they lost in the final of all three tournaments.

Tomorrow night, at Loftus Versfeld, the Buccaneers will be looking to move closer to reaching their fourth final of this campaign with a win over Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup.

“My team knows how to get to the final,” Vermezovic said.

“They were in the final three times this season but lost in all of them. Hopefully the fourth one will be different.

“There were two seasons where they won six cups. We have to help each other. They need to help me by getting into the final and I will help them win the final. I know what to do.”

To get to that final, let alone the semifinals they have to go past a confident Sundowns side who top the Premiership standings after a dramatic Wednesday night.

The Brazilians are on an impressive streak, winning their last eight matches.

But one of the two defeats Sundowns’ suffered before that run came at the hands of Pirates at Loftus, which has coach Pitso Mosimane wary.

“If you don’t pay attention to detail, you will get the shock of your life and be humbled,” Mosimane said.