Micho: I can’t influence Pirates over Shonga, Mulenga

Former Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has explained his comments he recently made about Orlando Pirates and foreign players.

The Zambia boss was quoted accusing his former club Orlando Pirates of ill-treatment foreign players.

But ‘Micho’ has now explained his statement and believes he was misunderstood by the media in his recent press conference for the Chipolopolo.

“I never said it was injustice [not to play Justin Shonga and Augustine Mulenga], I said the only thing that I can advise them is that they go back to the field and prove that they are [good enough],” ‘Micho’ said, as quoted by KickOff.com.

“If they are good enough, people will not keep them out [of the team] because people keep them out as they [have] made problems [for themselves] by not being good enough.

“All over the world if you are a foreigner, you need to be better than a local player to prove that you deserve to be in the country – otherwise there is no point of them being there.

The Former Zamalek tactician also advised the Zambian duo to work twice as hard in order to game time at Mayfair to break into the first team line-up under Josef Zinnbauer. 

“My simple advice to them is to pull up their socks and sleeves, work hard and on the field of play, do well. Out of the field, behave and convince the coach that you deserve to play. There’s no other way,” he explained.

“I can’t influence them, I have a very good relationship with Orlando Pirates and with the technical team but I can’t tell them to play Shonga or Mulenga,” the 50-year-old explained.

“They will play when they deserve to, that’s the rule all over the world and at the Orlando Pirates.”