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Foreign Coaches Who Worked For Both Soweto Giants

NkosanaWriteOn
By NkosanaWriteOn | self meida writer
Published 5 days ago - 998 views

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are undoubtedly the biggest teams in Soweto and South Africa as a whole. The teams who are rivals, however they're history is closely li ked together and their chairmans are good friends with each other. Fans know that Kaizer Motaung once played for Pirates before establishing his own club. This rivalry has gone on for decades as it has been dubbed as the best in the world. People from otehr countries are always shocked to a rivalry like this, fans usually sit together at stadium and there has been few cases of violence over the past decade.

One of the worst stigma for Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs is the belief that local coaches never make it and yes this can be supported by evidence. This has pushed them to look for coaches from foreign countries more especially Europe. Let's take a look at the foreign coaches who worked for both the Buccaneers and Amakhosi in the PSL era.

Kosta Papic

Mr 'all out attack' is one of the most memorable coaches in the PSL over the last 2 decades. He was famous for establishing a lethal Orlando Pirates team in 2004, many fans share that they played good football, however trophies were elusive. He then opted for the rivals Kaizer Chiefs in 2007 after spending a brief spell at Maritzburg United. He was axed after only 7 matches at Naturena as he left 4 months after joining.

Vladimir Vermezovic

The Serbian tactician achieved success at Kaizer Chiefs after joining in 2009. He won 2 Telkom Knockout titles at Naturena before opting to leave for a move back to his homeland in 2013. He returned in 2014 and this time he shocked fans as he signed with direct rivals Orlando Pirates. He also won a Nedbank Cup trophy with the Buccaneers, however his stay quickly turned sour as he went back to Serbia.

Muhsin Ertugal

The Turkish coach spent over 2 decades in South Africa After signing for Kaizer Chiefs 1999. He left in 2003 and had a string of successes at clubs like Ajax Capetown before returning to Naturena in 2007. He made a sensational switch to Orlando Pirates, however he failed to achieve any success, if anything he was thrashed 6-1 and 6-0 by Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United. He last memory in the top flight was when he famously resigned on live TV during a post match interview after failing to grab control of the ship.

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