Khu­malo clar­i­fies tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor role at Baroka

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT - Tiisetso Malepa

BAROKA FC tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Doc­tor Khu­malo has ex­plained his role with the team and spelt out the bound­aries between him­self and head coach Kgoloko Thobe­jane.

Khu­malo was ap­pointed tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor in Au­gust af­ter leav­ing Kaizer Chiefs fol­low­ing 31 years of ser­vice as a player and coach at the Soweto gi­ants.

He said his re­la­tion­ship with Thobe­jane and his tech­ni­cal team was healthy and had well-de­fined pa­ram­e­ters.

“I’m in­volved in the plan­ning – the monthly plan­ning in terms of train­ing ses­sions,” he said.

“But when it comes to team se­lec­tions, ob­vi­ously I’m not on the bench so I’m not in­volved in that.

“We dis­cuss matches as the en­tire tech­ni­cal team ahead of ev­ery game‚” he said on the side­lines at Baroka’s kit launch with part­ners Two Moun­tains‚ a funeral and fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany‚ in Sand­ton on Wed­nes­day.

“But what is good [about our re­la­tion­ship as the tech­ni­cal team] is that we sit and dis­cuss things.” Hav­ing sur­vived rel­e­ga­tion by a whisker in the pre­vi­ous sea­son‚ Bak­gaga have sur­prised all this sea­son with four wins and three draws in their open­ing seven matches to sit pretty on top of the Absa Premier­ship ta­ble.

Fans have praised the im­pact that Khu­malo has had on the Lim­popo out­fit since he joined them‚ but the for­mer Bafana Bafana mid­fielder at­trib­uted the suc­cess of Baroka so far to team­work.

“We look at the pos­si­bil­i­ties‚ whether it is a home or away‚ and I give my ad­vice where and when it is nec­es­sary,” he said.

“But I also get an op­por­tu­nity to train and pre­pare the team if and when the coach feels he wants me to do that. “So far so good. “Work­ing as a unit has yielded re­sults for us.”

Baroka will now aim to con­sol­i­date their lead with two home games that fol­low the Fifa in­ter­na­tional break and MTN8 fi­nal.

Bak­gaga host se­cond­placed La­montville Golden Ar­rows in an un­ex­pected top-of-the-ta­ble clash at the Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium in Polok­wane next Wed­nes­day‚ then strug­gling cham­pi­ons Bid­vest Wits at the same venue on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22.

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