Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza introduced new Head Coach Vladimir Vermezović to the players on Thursday morningSpeaking at the club’s training ground in Rand Stadium, Dr Khoza was excited to bring in the Serbian coach from Partizan Belgrade to one of South Africa's most famous clubs, Orlando Pirates.
“It is a very important day for us today as we welcome our new coach. We introduced him (Vermezovic) to the technical team yesterday, and today it’s the turn of the players,” stated Khoza.
“The coach has a great responsibility on his shoulders, but we are confident in his ability.”
The Chairman went on to reveal that current caretaker Coach Eric Tinkler would be in charge of the match against Free State Stars on Saturday, as Vermezović is still awaiting his work permit.
“He (Vermezović) will be attending the match over the weekend as an observer with Eric (Tinkler) still in charge of the team. He is still awaiting his paperwork, which will hopefully clear this week, meaning that he will officially start work next week,” said Khoza.
Meanwhile, Vermezović said he was looking forward to working with his new players.
“I met the players today, some of them I know from before (while I was at Chiefs) and there are a few new faces that I will be getting to know when I start officially,” said the 50-year old.
“I have a three year contract and have plans that we will be executing. We (the team) have been doing okay for now, it helps that the team won during the week, one could see that maybe the confidence was down from the previous results, but we have a good group that we can work with.
“As the Chairman has already alluded to the fact that I will be observing the team this weekend and work closely with Eric (Tinkler) and Teboho (Moloi) to make sure that I am ready once my work permit is complete.
I am happy to be here and look forward to the challenge ahead,” Vermezović concluded.