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Orlando Pirates narrow search for coaching job to six candidates

14:57 EAT 05/02/2017
Dr Irvin Khoza - Orlando Pirates
Augusto Palacios remains in charge of the team, but it could be for the next couple of weeks as the Buccaneers are closing in on a new permanent coach

The wait for a new Orlando Pirates coach could be over in the upcoming weeks after Dr Irvin Khoza confirmed that they have narrowed the list of candidates from 10 to six. 

The Iron Duke stated that finding a man to take over the reins at the Parktown-based outfit is not an easy task, although, they have identified six possible candidates.

“It’s not easy,” Khoza told the City Press. “When you employ a coach for Orlando Pirates, he must be a perfect fit; the coach must immediately gel with players,” he said.

“And we have managed to narrow the list down to six candidates ... two locals and four foreigners,” confirmed the Bucs chairman. 

Khoza revealed that language barrier among others, was the reason some coaches never made it into this top six list.

“Some have impressive CVs, but when you sit down with them you notice the language barrier. I think to myself, ‘If I struggle to follow what he is trying to say, what about the players? Will they be able to follow his instructions?” Khoza asked. 

“You need a coach who understands each and every player, how to utilise them and how to get the best out of them,” he continued. 

The chairman eased fears that the Soweto giants could face rivals Mamelodi Sundowns without a permanent coach. 

“It would not have made that much of a difference to rush into employing a new coach,”

"He would still be settling into the business by the time this game comes,” Khoza concluded.