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Vermezovic appointed Pirates coach

Orlando Pirates have found a replacement for coach Roger de Sa, who resigned recently, and its none other than former Kaizer Chiefs mentor, Vladimir Vermezovic.

“VV has signed a three-year contract with the club and is expected to start as soon as he gets his work permit,” the Bucs said on their official website.

‘’I have unfinished business in South Africa. Orlando Pirates, a giant in African football, is offering me an opportunity to fulfill a dream of a lifetime. I am grateful for the opportunity,” said Vermezovic.

“I have had to study Orlando Pirates very closely from the other side. I am therefore not coming into an unknown environment. It should help because I know the supporters expect me to hit the deck running,” added Vermezonic.

The Pirates chairman welcomed the new coach and wished him all the best in his new job at the helm of the Buccaneers.

“VV is not new to the South African condition. His hunger and discipline is impressive,” Dr Khoza said.

“In football, we are in the business of creating memories, history and leaving behind legacies that inspire generations to come. Coaches have become as much a part of this phenomenon as players. I wish VV a memorable and noteworthy career at Orlando Pirates Football Club,” added Dr Khoza.

He expressed praise and gratitude to the club’s assistant coach Eric Tinkler, who stepped in as caretaker coach when Roger de Sa resigned.

He said, “Eric is a ‘can do’ man that would rather fail doing than provide excuses. His work ethic is commendable. His commitment and hard work is not going unnoticed.

“Eric will continue in his role as assistant coach of Orlando Pirates Football Club”, said Dr Khoza.


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