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Micho concerned over Cape Town hoodoo

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic is worried about his side's form in Cape Town after a 1-0 Nedbank Cup last 16 loss to Cape Town City.

Ayanda Patosi netted a 54th minute winner on Wednesday's clash at Cape Town Stadium, where Pirates were previously beaten 3-0 by Ajax Cape Town in January.

The Nedbank Cup defeat left Sredojevic pondering whether or not there is a problem with the way his side approaches games in the Mother City.

“That was our second match in Cape Town [this year], and it’s becoming a question for us – we’re going there, and in two matches have not scored a goal,” he said, according to Kick Off. “It’s definitely something we need to look at, maybe mentally and the way us teams from Johannesburg play in Cape Town.”

Pirates are scheduled to face Cape Town City away again on 28 April in their penultimate Premiership fixture. Given that they currently lie four points behind Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the league, much could hinge on whether or not the Buccaneers are able to turn their Cape Town form around. However, Sredojevic insists he is focused on the present moment.

“Regarding that match, we will think about it when it comes, but at the moment, there are certain aspects we need to do in order to prepare for that game, hoping that we shall still be in contention at that time,” he said.

“But we have no right to look ahead one-and-a-half months in advance – it’s a huge period of time, where we need to improve our football, and focus on the next game in front of us.

“You cannot look at a favourite venue or not … Football is the same everywhere, so we’d rather look at the technical aspects, to improve our defending and not concede the way we have, against the run of play in four occasions. So I don’t want to think about what has been behind [in the past], but we need to look forward on how to handle this issue.”

Pirates will return to league action when they face Golden Arrows at the Princess Magogo Stadium at 20h15 on Saturday.