Cape Town - Absa Premiership outfit Orlando Pirates have confirmed
changes to their technical team ahead of the new season.
Pirates have revealed that they have roped
in Andrew Sparks, Darian Wilken and Franck Plaine to their technical team to
work with head coach Milutin Sredojevic and his assistant Rhulani Mokwena.
Sparkes, who previously worked for former
English Premier League side-Swansea City, has replaced Ivica Vukusic as the new
The Soweto giants have had a busy
off-season with the club having recently announced a list of new players headlined
by former Kaizer Chiefs ‘keeper Brilliant Khuzwayo, as they gear up for a busy
year that includes playing in the CAF Champions League.
Pirates qualified for the CAF Champions
League after finishing as runners-up to Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2017/18
Pirates said on their website:
"Orlando Pirates Football Club is delighted to welcome Andrew Sparkes,
Darian Wilken and Franck Plaine to the technical team.
"Andrew Sparkes joins the stable for
the upcoming season as the Goalkeeper Coach of the senior team, while Darian Wilken
will form part of the Buccaneers Football Analysis Department alongside Kyle
Solomon and Michael Loftman, who both joined the club earlier in the year.
"Our final addition to the technical
team is Franck Plaine, who will be the Head of Performance - a post recently
vacated by Andre Volsteedt who left the club earlier this month.
"While we welcome these three
gentlemen, we also say farewell to another. The club would like to thank
goalkeeper coach Ivica Vukusic for his services and wish him all of the best in
his future endeavours."