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[Reports] : Pirates To Swoop For GladAfrica Coach?

Orlando Pirates have over the last few months demonstrated an incredible amount of confidence in local coaches at both senior and youth structures, and they are reportedly said to be eyeing another local coach to take over the reigns at their Multi-choice diski challenge team.

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According to reliable sources close to the Parktown club, they have identified former Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows midfield maestro, Papi Zothwane as the man to take charge of their MDC team. The 40-years old currently plies his trade in the GladAfrica championship side Uthongathi where he has greatly impressed.

His high-flying Uthongathi side is currently placed 4th on the table just 2 points from the summit. Apparently, it is this kind of form and his philosophy that has caught the high echelons of management at Up the Bucs to pursue for services.

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A source told The Citizen that Pirates had placed Zothwane on their radar for sometime, and mainly his idea about how football is believed to be synonymous with their own, which is why they are likely to go for him.

"Pirates have been monitoring Zothwane's increasing importance in the coaching arena. And they are quite happy with how successfully he has done up to this point. A thorough review and observation on his coaching philosophy was also done which left the club supremely confident that found that he meets all the necessary criteria of the kind of coach Pirates are in desperate need for their MDC coach," a source said.

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It remains unclear if Zothwane would consider leaving a GladAfrica Championship job for an MDC gig, but considering that he started his coaching career at Golden Arrows' MDC set up under the leadership of the incumbent Pirates' Mandla Ncikazi, he would most probably mull at taking up the opportunity.

Ordinarily, Pirates have shown the propensity to promote their MDC coaches to senior team roles, and Zothwane might in a few years time get an opportunity to do the same.

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It is therefore one's opinion that Zothwane should not hesitate to take up the Pirates gig if they present him with an offer, he may well get the necessary exposure working at the Soweto giants.

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