Buccaneers on new coach

2017-03-08 06:01

PIETERMARITZBURG-BASED Orlando Pirates supporters say they have no reservations about the club’s new head coach, Kjell Jonevret.

The Swedish coach, who has signed a three-year contract with the Sea Robbers, was announced officially last Monday, 20 February, amid speculation over who would take over the reins following the resignation of Mushin Ertugral in November last year.

Diehard Buccaneer Vukani “Ndodo” Madonsela from Dambuza, who spoke on behalf of local supporters, said they think it is time the club chairman and management team did things differently in order for the situation at Orlando Pirates to improve.

“They must take responsibility for eroding the brand and must accept that things must be done differently.

“The problem is not with the coaches, to be honest, we can bring in coaches from all over the world, but the situation will not change.

“The problem is the structure and how it is difficult for coaches to do their work because of interference from assistants or club managers,” he said.

Madonsela said Orlando Pirates need to invest in technical staff who will fit into the long-term vision of the club.

“Our technical team is made up of people who want only fame and a fat pay cheque at the end of the month.

“They do not have the best interest of the club at heart.

“If this circle is not broken we are going to continue being the laughing stock of the local football fraternity and it’s sad. The fans are the ones who feel the pain the most.”

Madonsela made mention of Screamer Tshabalala and Floyd Mbhele as the rot within the technical staff that interferes with the team selection.

“Tshabalala has had differences with the men who have been tasked with leading the bench at Pirates in recent years, most notably Vladimir Vermezovic.

“He is close to the chairman and does as he pleases.

“Even the way he recruits new players for the team is questionable,” said Madonsela.

Madonsela urged fellow Buccaneers to give the new coach a chance to prove his capabilities.

“There is no need for supporters to be violent if they are unhappy with the team’s performance.

“I think, let’s be fair and give the new coach a chance to prove himself and redeem the club. Let’s fill up the stadiums and continue supporting our team.”

Orlando Pirates has gone nine consecutive matches without a win this season and in a recent humiliating defeat they lost 6-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Buccaneers are 10th on the log with only 20 points collected from 17 games.

NEWLY appointed Orlando Pirates head coach will have to prove his capabilities and that of his team during his first Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB stadium on Saturday, 4 February. Speaking ahead of the match, Orlando Pirates former star captain and defender Siyabonga “Nsimbi” Sangweni said all the players from both outfits will be highly pumped up for the match and spectators will enjoy every minute. The match will start at 3.30 pm.

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