Absa Premiership

Sundowns confirm technical director exit

2018-08-07 13:20
Mamelodi Sundowns (File)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns have announced the departure of their Swedish Technical Director Erik Hamren with immediate effect.

"Mamelodi Sundowns have announced that their Head of Technical, Erik Hamren has been released from his contract to take over as the national coach of Iceland, which participated in the FIFA World Cup in Russia," read the statement released.

"The President of Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Patrice Motsepe, the Board, Technical team, management and staff thank Erik Hamren and wish him everything of the best in his new role."

Swedish Radio said Hamren, who coached Sweden's national team from 2009-2016, will be presented on Wednesday in Reykjavik.

The Iceland soccer federation would not confirm the report.

Hamren is set to replace part-time dentist Heimir Hallgrimsson, who left after seven years.

Iceland became the smallest country by population to play at a World Cup. The team drew with Argentina in their opening match but failed to advance from the group stage.

Hamren, who also coached clubs in his native Sweden and Norway, led Sweden at the European Championships in 2012 and 2016.

Meanwhile, Sundowns will be searching for a victory when they clash against Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Rise and Shine look to use the home ground advantage to bounce back from a disappointing 1-0 loss to Absa Premiership returnees Black Leopards.

City coach Jozef Vukusic will be under pressure to avoid a second defeat in a row, having been brought in to improve on a frustrating 2017/18 campaign for the club.

They will draw inspiration from last season's performances where they were able to stun Sundowns both home and away.

Pitso Mosimane's side, on the other hand, began their title defence with a 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs in Tshwane on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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