Cape Town – Orlando Pirates have secured the services of Rowen Fernandez as goalkeeper coach, the club confirmed on Wednesday.
According to Orlando Pirates website, the former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper is hoping to help the Sea Robbers wherever he can even if it means playing a game or two.
“Firstly I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for me, Dr. Khoza has shown tremendous faith and confidence in my abilities by giving me a chance to be a 'keeper coach for a major Team like Orlando Pirates.
“It’s my first official technical role in a club, I think for this season I am being registered as a player coach but focusing more on the coaching aspect of things and I have join Orlando Pirates.”
Fernandez comes with the reputation of not only having the ability to save penalties and accurate goal kicks, but he is also one of two South African born goalkeepers to have a successful international career, boasting a ten year stint in the Bundesliga as the number one Goalie for Arminia Bielefeld.
“I’m hoping to draw from the experiences of having worked with Riener Dinkelacker and Thomas Schlieck, they have been the two most highly respected goal keeper coaches in the world and I hope to draw back from the experiences of having worked with them and using the training that they gave me to impart my knowledge and experiences to up and coming goal keepers.”