Finishing was very much part of Orlando Pirates training on Wednesday morning as they build up to their Absa Premiership opener against returnees Highlands Park on Saturday.
In their bid to surpass the 41 goals they amassed last season, coach Milutin Sredojevic has tasked specialist coach Stéphane Adam to deal with what has generally become football’s Achilles heel – goalscoring.
Adam is part of the new team of additional technical members that Pirates brought into the team last month.
“From all possible angles, we want to squeeze the best out of our players – that’s why we have a specialist in finishing and other specialists who could fit in our model,” Sredojevic told the media at the club’s training base at Rand Stadium.
“[Finishing] is a South African problem and we want to take care of that aspect of the game,” continued Micho, as the Bucs mentor is called.
While their runnners-up finish in the last campaign was a joy for the Buccaneers, Sredojevic is now more interested in the new race.
“Let us close the chapter from last season. This week we’ve been polishing for the start on Saturday,” he pointed out.
It was the first time that Pirates had an open day to let the media into their build-up, having being out of the public eye during the better part of their pre-season.
While the majority of the club’s new signings pitched at Rand, goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo was conspicuous by his absence.
The former Kaizer Chiefs goalie has had an operation on his ankle and he will be out for a month, the club confirmed.
Meanwhile, with all the other players available for selection, Sredojevic is hoping for a positive start against NFD champions Highlands on Saturday.
The game at Orlando Stadium kicks off at 8.15pm