Makaab: New Orlando Pirates coach Jonevret will surprise a lot of people

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Goal exclusively spoke to the league title winning Pirates coach, who explained his relationship with Jonevret

One of South Africa's top football agents, Mike Makaab has backed Kjell Jonevret to be a success in his new role as Orlando Pirates head coach.

The Swedish tactician joined the Buccaneers on a three-year deal on Monday replacing Augusto Palacios, who had been serving as a caretaker coach.

Makaab, who is the chief executive officer of Prosport International, explained his relationship with former Viking FK and Molde FK coach Jonevret.

"Well, I have known Kjell for many years and we are good friends. But just to set the record straight I am not his agent," Makaab told Goal.

The two crossed paths at Djurgardens IF when Fifa-licensed football agent Makaab landed former South Africa international Siyabona Nomvethe a deal with the Swedish club.

"I got to know him when I took (Siyabonga) Nomvethe to Djurgardens and that was in 2005 when the club won the league (Allsvenskan) and Cup in Sweden," he revealed.

Jonevret was named Swedish Coach of the Year at the end of the season and he remains the last Djurgardens coach to win the league title with the club.

"So I have known Kjell for 13 years now and he is a very good man. Kjell is a very knowledgeable coach. He also understands African football," Makaab continued.

"Although he hasn't coached in Africa before, he has worked with Senegalese and Nigerian players, not forgetting South Africans players Nomvethe and Lance (Davids) in the Scandinavian region," he indicated.

Makaab, who guided Pirates to the 1994 National Soccer League (NSL) title as a head coach, believes that Jonevret will bring back the glory days to the Soweto giants.

"So, he knows what African football is all about. I really think that if given a chance, Kjell will do very well at Orlando Pirates," he added.

"But it is very important that we support him and I strongly believe that he is going to surprise a lot of people," Makaab concluded.

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