Nyirenda’s ‘ma­chines’ may hurt him in fi­nal

Coach gave de­buts to Justin, Mu­lenga

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Go­molemo Motshwane

Baroka coach Wed­son Nyirenda may live to re­gret his role in turn­ing Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga and Justin Shonga into the deadly com­bi­na­tion they are to­day.

Nyirenda has comes a long way with the Or­lando Pi­rates strike duo, with the tac­ti­cian hav­ing given them both their first in­tro­duc­tion into in­ter­na­tional foot­ball.

Dur­ing his time as the Zam­bia na­tional team boss, Nyirenda handed Mu­lenga his de­but in a friendly against Zim­babwe in March last year.

Three months later he gave Shonga his first taste of in­ter­na­tional foot­ball in the friendly against Bafana Bafana.

Now the Zam­bian sharp­shoot­ers could break the heart of their for­mer coach as Baroka face the Buc­ca­neers in the Telkom Knock­out fi­nal to­mor­row (6pm).

“On Satur­day I will be go­ing up against my own killing ma­chines. I have come a long way with those boys,” Nyirenda told Sowe­tan. “I gave Shonga his first call-up with the na­tional team and peo­ple were sur­prised. There was some­thing I saw in Shonga that oth­ers did not see. Only now they are see­ing how great he is.

“Mu­lenga was at Zanaco and I called him to my camp and made him a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the team.”

The 52-year-old boss will be look­ing for his maiden ti­tle in SA since his ar­rival at the start of the sea­son. Nyirenda has won nu­mer­ous cup ti­tles in Zam­bia and feels con­fi­dent about his chances in the TKO.

“The feel­ing I have at the mo­ment is not ner­vous, I would say more ex­cited. I played in SA and won the BP Top 8 with Kaizer Chiefs and now I’m back as a coach and in a cup fi­nal af­ter five months.”

/ GALLO IM­AGES/ LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Or­lando Pi­rates striker Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga, seen here chal­lenged by Light Stars’ Paul Razafi­manantsoa, faces his for­mer na­tional team coach Wed­son Nyirenda to­mor­row.

Baroka FC coach Wed­son Nyirenda

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