Arrows bags Nienov

2016-01-20 06:00
MILTON NIENOV has joined Golden Arrows as the goalkeeper coach.

MILTON NIENOV has joined Golden Arrows as the goalkeeper coach.

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BOHLOKONG. – After spending about four months as the technical director of the South African Football Association (Safa) ABC Motsepe league outfit Super Eagles, the Brazilian goalkeeper coach Milton Nienov has been snatched out of the Eagle’s nest.

Nienov was released by the Bohlokong based team on the last day of 2015 to join the Absa Premier League campaigners of Golden Arrows as a goalkeeper coach.

He will work at the Durban based team until the end of June. He previously worked at Free State Stars and Polokwane City as the goalkeeper coach. He joined Eagles after he parted ways with City last year in July.

Dr Strike Mabasa, the Eagles chairman, confirmed that Nienov has left the team and added that they would like to wish him all the best at his new club.

“We knew that he was going to leave the team, but we never thought it would be so soon,” he said.

Mabasa told Express Eastern Free State late last year that they reached an agreement which stated that they would release him should one of the big teams need his services. “We approached him to join the team after we realised he was without a team. He is an experienced sportsman with a family and it was obvious he was still searching for greener pastures. We could not keep him at our team because financially we could not afford him,” he said.

Even though he was a technical director, the rumour on the ground was Nienov was slowly growling to the bench to drive the team. It was alleged that he was going to be named the team head coach following the unpredictable team performance.

However, Mabasa has rubbished that rumour and claimed that they had restrictions for him.

“We did not want him to interfere with the coach job. However, because of his experience, the coach invited him to his sessions to help with the defence and the goalkeepers.

“I spoke to some players immediately after he had left the team and some were badly affected. He worked with them for a few months and they felt his presence and wanted him to stay,” he said.

He said they would sit down with the management of the team to see if they needed a new technical director.

“We had a couple of meetings, but did not touch on that subject,” he said.

He said they had to address some of the issues that they felt were the main reasons behind the poor run of the team.

“I was not happy with the level of discipline in the team. We have addressed that and we believe that this year things will change,” he said.

I spoke to some players immediately after he had left the team and some were badly affected. He worked with them for a few months and they felt his presence and wanted him to stay. – Strike Mabasa

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