Cape Town - Baroka FC coach Wedson Nyirenda has called on foreign coaches in South Africa to add value to the country's football.
The former Kaizer Chiefs striker has sung the praises of former
Zimbabwean international Norman Mapeza, who was recently appointed
Chippa United coach.
Zambian manager Nyirenda has also called on coaches in the Premier Soccer League to chance their arms at jobs abroad.
Nyirenda was speaking to the media after his side lost back-to-back
matches, against Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United, respectively.
“In the next game (against AmaZulu) something must come out, I think
my boys were excellent. We were all over the opponent which was at home,
I think you saw that Maritzburg were not there,” Nyirenda told the
media after their 1-0 loss to Maritzburg United on Wednesday.
“They did not even touch our goals in the second half. I think we
just need a player that can come with a hat-trick for such a game but we
are not having it.
“I am not happy with our targets but I am happy with the building of
the team. I think we have built a good team and all we need now is a
With the Telkom Knockout Cup set to start next week, Nyirenda
admitted he would like to lead the Limpopo-based club to the final
“We are going all out for it, that is our Cup and we have to fight
for it. The best we can do is to reach the final and see what can
happen,” he continued.
“I don’t think we want the break, we are on handbrake now because we
will have to start the engine again. I think the rhythm has to flow. You
play two games and you go three weeks out, this is too much.
“We’ve had three Fifa calendars and we only are seven or eight games
into the season. I think if we can defend the Cup if we don’t then we
must go for the Nedbank Cup. Since I came to South Africa, the aim I
have is to play Caf competitions with any team that I’ll be with,
“I want to win a Caf competition for a South African team. However,
we have to focus on our next game against AmaZulu. They are a tough team
and run as we do, play direct football, they can pass and they are
quick. So, it will be very interesting.”
The former Chipolopolo boss also singled out Kaitano Tembo of SuperSport United and Mapeza for praise.
“I think if you are in football, you have to know that you’re in a
global game and I’d love to see South Africans coaching in Zambia.
Coaching in Morocco and that is how we grow in football,” continued
“You don’t grow by being in the same environment or space. It is so
good that some people are seeing something from the coaches from outside
but I think the most important thing for us when we come here is to add
value to South African football, not just come and visit and go back.
“We need to add value to the national team and as I’m training
Baroka, I’m always preaching to the players that I want to see five
players in Bafana then we are doing something."