Cape Town - Defending Absa Premiership champions Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed the return of their former star goalkeeper Brian “Spider” Baloyi as part of their technical team.
Baloyi return to the club that he server for over 10 years before ending his career at rival Sundowns.
He joined the Chiefs’ senior team in 1991, before moving to Mamelodi Sundowns in 2004.
Following his retirement, Baloyi tried his hand in the boardroom at Sundowns before moving into business.
His return to Naturena comes as no surprise following months of speculation to this effect.
“I am really happy to be back home,” said Baloyi in an interview published on the club’s official website.
“This is the place where it all started for me and where my career as a professional player took off.”
Baloyi will work with first team goalkeeper coach Rainer Dinkelacker for the next six months, being groomed to take over when the German returns to Europa, possibly at the end of this year.
Baloyi will also work with the youth development, together with another goalkeeper coach, Rory Minnaar.
“We welcome Brian back with us,” said Amakhosi chairman Kaizer Motaung on the deal.
“He comes highly recommended by Rainer, who has done a tremendous job for us when it comes to the goalkeeper department. Rainer is on his way out and we are looking at a succession plan.”
“Brian has the potential to become one of the best goalkeeper coaches in South Africa,” adds Motaung.
“I hope he will embrace this opportunity to work under the guidance of Rainer and give back to the Club as well as our supporters.”
“I have worked with Rainer as a goalkeeper. It will be great to work with him again, enhancing my knowledge of the trade of goalkeeper coach,” said Baloyi
Baloyi joined Amakhosi’s first team in 1991, as an apprentice, with Wade du Plessis and William Shongwe being the senior goalkeepers at the time.
“I learnt a lot from both,” reflects ‘Spiderman’, as he was nicknamed, “getting more game time from 1993 onwards after both Wade and William had left.”
The 41-year-old gained 24 South African national team caps, making his debut again Holland on 4 June 1997 in a 2-0 loss.
He played 347 official matches (League and Cup) for Kaizer Chiefs, winning numerous trophies.
“I am extremely grateful for the Club and the Chairman for giving me an opportunity to work again at the Village,” concludes Baloyi.