Orlando Pirates appoint Vladimir Vermezovic as head coach

The former Kaizer Chiefs coach was officially announced as the new Pirates coach on Friday morning, taking over from Roger de Sa
Orlando Pirates have officially confirmed that former Kaizer Chiefs mentor Vladimir Vermezovic as their new head coach for the next three years.

The Buccanneers revealed that Vermezovic will start as soon as he gets his work permit, and it is highly unlikely that he will be on the bench when Pirates play Polokwane City on Saturday.

Speaking to the club website after his unveiling, the Serbian mentor said he has a chance to prove his foreign credentials in South Africa.

"I have unfinished business in South Africa. Orlando Pirates, a giant in African football, is offering me an opportunity to fulfil a dream of a lifetime. I am grateful for the opportunity," said Vladimir Vermezovic.

"I have had to study Orlando Pirates very closely from the other side. I am therefore not coming into an unknown environment. It should help because I know the supporters expect me to hit the deck running,” added Vladimir Vermezovic.

Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza is expecting 'VV' to do well at the club, and also spoke about his hunger and discipline.

"VV is not new to South African conditions. His hunger and discipline is impressive," said Dr Irvin Khoza.

“In football, we are in the business of creating memories, history and leaving behind legacies that inspire generations to come. Coaches have become as much a part of this phenomenon as players. I wish VV a memorable and noteworthy career at Orlando Pirates Football Club,” added Dr Khoza.

Khoza also confirmed that Eric Tinkler will stay on as Vermezovic's assistant.

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