POLOKWANE – With speculation mounting that Zambia is looking to bring back former coach Wedson Nyirenda to take over the coaching reigns at the national level, Baroka FC is prepared to let him go.
According to the latest media reports, the South African Premier Soccer League club has promised not to stand in the former striker’s way.
Media reports in the Southern African country emerged a few weeks ago that the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) is looking at Nyirenda to succeed Sven Vandenbroeck who was sacked early this year.
In addition, Baroka chairman Khurishi Mphahlele has explained that they are willing to release the former Kaizer Chiefs striker from his contract.
According to Nyirenda, FAZ has approached him about the vacant coaching position with Chipolopolo still in search of a head coach following andenbroeck’s departure.
“That means he is a good coach. If your coach is linked with a national team that means he is good,” Mphahlele told KickOff.com.
“That means you’ve got a good coach and you must just keep him. We’ve got a contract with him, we will keep him. They will make us keep him even more.
“I don’t have that idea of selling the coach. I don’t have it, to tell you the truth. I don’t regard the coach as somebody I can sell. Yes, a player can be sold, but not the coach.
“If Zambia wants the coach, they can come, they can approach us, then we will release him. We can’t sell the coach. Yes, we will release him for free, why not? We didn’t buy him. Did we buy him? Then why do we sell him?
“If they approach me and say they need the coach, I will respect the country of Zambia, as much as I respect my country… if my country comes to me and says ‘we want your coach’ I won’t sell the coach to them. It’s my responsibility as a citizen of this country to support and supply.
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“So it’s the same with Zambia, if they come to me and say we need the coach, they agree with the coach, I don’t have a problem. I will release him definitely,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Nyirenda revealed the inquiry from his country’s FA but stated that he remains committed to the Limpopo-based club.
Nyirenda joined Bagaga Ba Mphahlele last season and managed to lead the former National First Division champions to Telkom Knockout glory.
Under the 52-year-old, Baroka defeated Orlando Pirates on penalties in the final but the Zambian has failed to defend their trophy as they were beaten by SuperSport United last weekend.