Patrice Motsepe's ambition is what got me interested in the Sundowns job, says Erik Hamren

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Masandawana's new technical director has explained why he opted to join the Tshwane giants, but he's asked to be given enough time to do his job

Mamelodi Sundowns recently confirmed the appointment of former Sweden national team coach Erik Hamren as the club’s technical director.

Hamren, who spent much of his coaching career in the Scandinavian region, has now been given the responsibility of overseeing the entire structure of football at Chloorkop and will be expected to work closely with head coach Pitso Mosimane in order to guide the club towards a promising future.

Meanwhile, the 60-year-old, who spearheaded two successful European Championship qualifying campaigns at the helm of the Swedish national team before eventually stepping down, has explained what convinced him to end his hiatus from football and take over what to many would be seen as a daunting challenge.

“After Euro 2016 I wanted a break from football‚” Hamren told Times Media.

“And after a break of more than a year I was still hungry to work in football more, but I wanted to do something else‚ something new,” he explained.

“And this (Sundowns) is a new thing from what I had done – a new club‚ a new country‚ a new part of the world,” he added.

“I got a question via my agent about whether I wanted to come here, and I knew it was a big club – in South Africa and in Africa. When I came here in December I met the people in the club – I met Pitso (Mosimane)‚ I met the president (Patrice Motsepe). And when the president told me his ambitions for the club. I have to say I got more interested because I like challenges,” he reveals.

Hamren though, believes it is far too early to offer any assessment on the current structure at the club.

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“It’s too early to say. I will be listening and learning and watching about the club and South African football and African football‚” he said.

“It’s too early to say something on what my opinion and analysis is. Give me some time and my goal and mission is that together with those people here‚ especially Pitso with his excellent knowledge on South African and African football‚ I want to learn more, but I’m sure I can also bring something here on how we are working in Europe,” he concluded.

 

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