Chiefs back coach

2010-01-19 12:56

Kaizer Chiefs have given their Serbian born coach Vladimir

Vermezovic, a big vote of confidence.

With six Absa Premiership matches remaining until the league season

ends on February 28, Chiefs are happy with what Vermezovic has achieved.

Amakhosi team manager Bobby Motaung said on Tuesday the club were

pleased with the progress made by the former Yugoslav defender since he arrived

at the start of the season and would be sitting down with him to formulate long

term plans at the end of the season.

Said Motaung: “Chiefs have a history of being patient with coaches

and that applies to Vermezovic.

“It was not easy for Vermezovic to adapt to new conditions in South

Africa, but he has done well and we are more than satisfied with his

contribution.

“We knew when we hired him it would take time before he was

familiar and comfortable with not just playing conditions and the culture of

local players in the PSL, but with living in a new environment.

“Our partnership is bearing fruit and we look forward to a long

term relationship with the coach.”

Motaung said Chiefs’ management would be sitting down with

Vermezovic at the end of the season with a view to strengthening the team with

new players and a major assault on the Premiership title next season.

“Chiefs are celebrating their 40th birthday in 2010 so we want to

make sure we have something to celebrate.

“One things is certain, we will finish the season at the end of

February with a bang.”

Motaung said winning the Premiership would be a bonus as the title

was still up for grabs. Amakhosi have 41 points - six behind leaders and

defending champions SuperSport United and three adrift of second placed Mamelodi

Sundowns, who have a match in hand.

Said Motaung: “It is still anybody’s race and to me it is still

wide open.

“In soccer anything is possible and we have not written off our

chances of a late run that could see us pip SuperSport and Sundowns in the final

run in.

“Look what happened in the African Nations Cup in Angola when the

host nation led Mali 4-0 only to see Mali snatch a 4-4 draw. We are determined

to make the last six games count.”

But he added: “Right now our focus is on facing Moroka Swallows

when the league resumes on February 3.”

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