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Former Sundowns midfielder Moriri focusing on coaching career after retiring

17:25 GMT+3 18/07/2017
Surprise Moriri, Mamelodi Sundowns
Masandawana legend Moriri is set to return to Chloorkop as he looks to kick-start his coaching career

Surprise Moriri left Mamelodi Sundowns to help struggling Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit Highlands Park towards the end of 2016.

However, the veteran could not save the Lions of the North as they were subsequently relegated. Nonetheless, in a surprising turn of events, the 37-year-old midfielder is set to return to Chloorkop following his release. Although, this time around Moriri will not be joining as a player but rather as a coach.

Whilst still playing Moriri attained his Caf B License, and according to Times Media, Masandawana boss Patrice Motsepe has already informed some of his staff about the veteran’s imminent arrival. Despite negotiations believed to be at an advanced age, Moriri remains mum on his next move, but revealed that he has retired in order to pursue a coaching career.

“I can confirm that I have retired from football as a player to focus on coaching‚" Moriri told The Times Media.

"It was not an easy decision to make because playing football has been a part of my life for many years," he said.

"But it is time to move on and start a new chapter in my life‚ producing other Surprise Moriri’s out there,” he added.

"Last season‚ I started doing my coaching badges and managed to obtain a Caf B License and my focus going forward will be on helping younger players to fulfil their potential," he stressed.

"It is something that I have thought long and hard about and I am looking forward to the challenge of becoming a coach," he indicated.

“Unfortunately‚ I am not in a position to disclose which team I will be joining at this stage because negotiations are on-going but the club concerned will make an official announcement as soon as everything has been sorted out‚” he concluded..