New coach to lift Pirates

2014-02-28 00:00

ORLANDO Pirates chairperson Dr Irvin Khoza introduced new coach Vladimir Vermezovic and new signing Lehlohonolo Majoro to the team yesterday morning.

Speaking to the club’s official website at the Rand Stadium training ground, Khoza said he has faith in the new coach to take the team to greater heights.

“It is a very important day for us today as we welcome our new coach. We introduced him to the technical team yesterday, and today it’s the turn of the players. The coach has a great responsibility on his shoulders but we are confident in his ability,” said the Pirates chairperson.

The chairperson went on to reveal that current caretaker coach Eric Tinkler would be in charge of the match against Free State Stars on Saturday as Vermezovic is still awaiting his work permit.

“He [Vermezovic] will be attending the match over the weekend as an observer with Eric still in charge of the team. He is still awaiting his paperwork, which will hopefully clear this week, meaning that he will officially start work next week.”

Meanwhile, Vermezovic said he was looking forward to working with his new players. “I met the players today, some of them I know from before [while he was at Chiefs] and there are a few new faces that I will be getting to know when I start officially,” said the 50-year-old.

“I have a three-year contract and have plans that we will be executing. We [the team] have been doing okay for now, it helps that the team won during the week, one could see that maybe the confidence was down from the previous results, but we have a good group that we can work with. The chairperson has already alluded to the fact that I will be observing the team this weekend and working closely with Eric and Teboho [Moloi] to make sure that I am ready once my work permit is complete.”

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