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Former Sweden coach joins Mamelodi Sundowns as technical director

11:10 SAST 2018/01/13
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Masandawana will look to take their game to another level with the appointment of Hamren as the club's technical director

Mamelodi Sundowns have appointed former Sweden national team coach Erik Hamren as the club’s new technical director.

It was previously reported that the Swede was in talks with Masandawana over a possible role within the club’s technical ranks, and after negotiations had dragged on for some time, the 60-year-old’s appointment has finally been confirmed.

Hamren is highly decorated coach, having spent majority of his career in Scandinavia, coaching clubs in Denmark, Norway and his native homeland. He was most recently coach of the Sweden national team where he spent almost eight years at the helm, successfully guiding The Blue-Yellow to two Uefa European Championships in 2012 and 2016 respectively, before stepping down as coach in 2016.

“When I was asked to come for an interview with Sundowns, I knew that it was one of the big clubs in South Africa and Africa,” Hamren was quoted as saying by Independent Media.

“When I got to the club, I met a lot of people here, including the president (Patrice Motsepe). When I heard the president’s ambition, I must say that I was really interested because it is an exciting challenge.

“He wants so much for this club. It’s a challenge and I like challenges. I also think that the club can reach those heights. That’s why I am here.

“With my knowledge and experience from Europe and the knowledge and experience the club has from Africa, I am sure that we are going to try to be as successful as the president wants. It’s really important that we are doing this together,” he explained.

“Football is about team work. I am really looking forward to working with coach Pitso and his team, all the coaches and the technical staff below the first team, because we are going to do this together,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hamren has explained his role at the club, and reveals that he is looking forward to closely work with Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane.

“I am going to be supporting and helping the coaches from the first team to the youth with my knowledge and experience, together with their knowledge and experience – especially with head coach Pitso – I am sure that it’s going to be a really good (working relationship),” Hamren said.

“I am looking forward to learning more about South African football. I am going to start my job with big eyes watching and big ears listening. I will get to know the club more,” he concluded.