Kjell: I need my Pi­rates to ‘open up’

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MO­HAU RA­MASHIDJA

KJELL JONEVRET ad­mits he’s no psy­chol­o­gist. How­ever, the Swedish-born Or­lando Pi­rates coach,

pic­tured, says he re­ally needs to have a proper sit­down with all his play­ers and get them to open up about what has been a dis­as­trous 2016/17 sea­son.

This past sea­son, the Sea Rob­bers fin­ished out­side of the top eight bracket, while also fail­ing to pro­duce some form of sil­ver­ware in a sea­son in which they were set to cel­e­brate their 80th an­niver­sary.

Jonevret, who’s been work­ing with the side dur­ing this off-sea­son for the past week and a half lead­ing up to the new cam­paign, said it was very im­por­tant that they went through the nitty-grit­ties of what re­ally went wrong for them, and also to iden­tify what ar­eas they re­ally need to im­prove on for the new sea­son.

“It’s not easy,” Jonevret said. “But I thought the play­ers were great the whole time since I ar­rived here. At the be­gin­ning, they were a lit­tle afraid (in the way they played). There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done, and I just hope that they can put this past sea­son be­hind them and are now look­ing for­ward to the new cam­paign.

“We’ve been hav­ing in­di­vid­ual talks with most of the play­ers al­ready,” Jonevret added. “We’ve spo­ken to al­most 80 per cent of the club as we speak. (Just yes­ter­day), I was a bit late for our train­ing ses­sion be­cause we were in a meet­ing for about half an hour with a few of our play­ers dis­cussing a few things re­gard­ing what they think we’ve done right, and what ar­eas we re­ally need to im­prove on. “We are plan­ning to go on a camp where I be­lieve we’ll have the per­fect time to work on such things (and let them open up a bit more).” To help add to their squad lead­ing up to the new sea­son, the Sea Rob­bers have ac­quired the ser­vices of Nige­rian striker Christo­pher Obio­zor, Musa Ny­atama, Tham­sanqa Sang­weni and for­mer Mamelodi Sun­downs’ shot-stop­per Wayne Sandi­lands. It is in these play­ers that Jonevret hopes his side will have some form of luck in ev­ery com­pe­ti­tion they’ll get to par­tic­i­pate in in the new sea­son, fol­low­ing their cur­tain-raiser against Kaizer Chiefs in a Car­ling Black La­bel clash this Satur­day at FNB Sta­dium. “When I first heard about the (Car­ling Black La­bel Cup con­cept) I was like: ‘What? What is that,’” Jonevret said with a goofy smile across his face. “But then again, I thought about it and I be­lieve it should be a very in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Both teams are go­ing to play with more or less the same type of play­ers, maybe with a dif­fer­ent type for­ma­tion this time around, but still, it should be in­ter­est­ing. “With re­gards to the new sign­ings,” Jonevret added. “I’ve only had a few days to work with them so it’s dif­fi­cult to give a proper as­sess­ment on each. I have seen Wayne though and I be­lieve he’s pretty much a de­cent goal­keeper. I haven’t seen much of our new striker Chris. I’ve seen Sang­weni when he was with his for­mer side and I liked what he did. I be­lieve these are the play­ers the club can have a whole lot of use from, go­ing into the new sea­son.”

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