Search In Progress, Zambian Coach Linked To Baroka
Baroka FC Linked With Zambia National Team Coach
A Zambian coach is one of the candidates linked with a coaching role at Baroka FC for the new season.
With Baroka expected to appoint a permanent head coach for the 2018/19 season, Wedson Nyirenda’s name has come up as one of the coaches targeted for a role at the Limpopo outfit.
As confirmed in edition 1071 of Soccer Laduma, the Zambian senior national team coach is on the radar of Bakgaga, although that has not yet been officially confirmed by the club.
Baroka recently made further changes to their technical team by replacing MacDonald Makhubedu with Doctor Khumalo for the remainder of the season, this after they parted ways with Kgoloko Thobejane earlier in the season. Thobejane was relieved of his coaching duties at Bakgaga in March, for disciplinary issues, following a hearing he attended at the club.
Makhubedu was put in charge as the caretaker coach, with Khumalo keeping his role as technical director with the Limpopo-based outfit. However, prior to the team’s 2-2 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend, Baroka replaced Makhubedu with Khumalo following a string of disappointing results. Baroka are now in search of a new head coach.
“There has been interest from Baroka in Zambia senior national team coach, Wedson Nyirenda after the club was alerted to his willingness in coming to coach in South Africa. There have been informal discussions, and nothing concrete just yet about a potential deal,” a source told the Siya crew.
Contacted for comment, Nyirenda’s representative from YoBoy Management, Siya Lumka Mareke, confirmed PSL interest in the coach.
“There have been no formal offers from Baroka or any PSL club for the services of the coach. Mr (Khurishi) Mphahlele is an honest and a respected guy, who would have communicated with us formally – as the player’s representatives – if he was interested in our client,” said the representative.
“To now, I have never been in communication with Mr Mphahlele about the coach. The only communication I have had with the chairman was about the players. There is another PSL club I was negotiating with (about Nyirenda), and it’s not Baroka. The coach is willing to come and work in South Africa in the PSL. He is a highly qualified coach,” said Mareke.