Baroka FC’s stand-in coach has been involved in a car accident ahead of the team’s cup match against Mamelodi Sundowns this weekend.
With Baroka set to be without their head coach Wedson Nyirenda for their Telkom Knockout quarter-final match against Sundowns on Saturday, assistant coach of the side Matsemela Thoka has been made the team’s stand-in coach, with goalkeeper coach Thomas Nare expected to assist him in technical duties against the former African champions.
As confirmed from the Limpopo outfit, Nyirenda is currently back home in Zambia on compassionate leave, after the sad passing of his mother.
Speaking to the Siya crew, Baroka’s PRO Richard Mashabane confirmed that Thoka escaped with minor injuries after a car accident.
“It happened last night (Thursday). They are bewitching us now. The coach is not here and now they want to kill the assistant coach,” confirmed Mashabane.
“The head coach’s mom passed away. He’s in Zambia and will be coming back on Monday. Coach Thoka and goalkeeper coach Thomas Nare will be in charge for tomorrow’s match. He (Thoka) is fine. He is the one who was driving. It was him, his wife, his daughter and a grandchild in the car. It was at night around quarter past eight, somewhere there. It was the four of them and they are all safe,” added Mashabane.
As confirmed by the PRO, the sad news of Nyirenda’s mother’s passing was received by the club and the coach last Saturday, before their Absa Premiership game against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium last Sunday.
Soccer Laduma would like to express its heartfelt condolences to Nyirenda and his family during this time of bereavement for their late mother, who will be laid to rest this Saturday, as confirmed by Mashabane.