Sport 15.2.2014 08:00 am

Ex-Chiefs coach in Pirates camp

Vladimir Vermezovic<br />Picture: Gallo Images

Vladimir Vermezovic
Picture: Gallo Images

The former Chiefs coach joined their arch-rivals Pirates on a three-year contract to fill the void left by Roger de Sa. The fiery Serbian mentor left the country in controversial fashion with his temper seeing him fall out with former Chiefs captain Jimmy Tau and reduced Abia Nale to tears after he gave him a […]

The former Chiefs coach joined their arch-rivals Pirates on a three-year contract to fill the void left by Roger de Sa.

The fiery Serbian mentor left the country in controversial fashion with his temper seeing him fall out with former Chiefs captain Jimmy Tau and reduced Abia Nale to tears after he gave him a tongue lashing in full view of the country.

“I have unfinished business in South Africa,” Vermezovic said. “Orlando Pirates, a giant in African football, is offering me an opportunity to fulfil a dream of a lifetime. I am grateful for the opportunity.

“I have had to study Orlando Pirates very closely from the other side. I am therefore not coming into an unknown environment. It should help because I know the supporters expect me to hit the deck running.”

In his first two seasons he tormented the Ghost, denying Pirates a whitewash by winning the Telkom Knockout against them in the 2010/11 campaign with the Buccaneers going home with the Absa Premiership, Nedbank Cup and MTN8. He won the Telkom Knockout back-to-back before he lost his cool and was given the boot with less than six matches to go in his contract.

“VV is not new to the South African condition,” Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza said.

“His hunger and discipline is impressive. In football we are in the business of creating memories, history and leaving behind legacies that inspire generations to come. I wish VV a noteworthy career at Orlando Pirates.”

The Serbian will assume his position once he gets his paperwork which is likely to be on Tuesday against Ajax Cape Town in the Mother City. Eric Tinkler will lead the side this afternoon against Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. After that Tinkler will serve as Vermezovic’s assistant.

 

 

 

 

 

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