Baroka FC chairman Khurishi Mphahlele comments on Zambia approach for Wedson Nyirenda


The former Kaizer Chiefs striker, who helped Bakgaga win the Telkom Knockout last season, recently admitted that he was approached to take over the Chipolopolo job.

The Zambia coach position has been vacant since the sacking of Belgian Sven Vandenbroeck at the beginning of the year.

Although Nyirenda says he will always be loyal to the Limpopo side, who gave him his first coaching job in the PSL, his boss at the club says he is prepared to let go of the Zambian without expecting any compensation if his country needs him.

"That means he is a good coach. If your coach is linked with a national team that means he is good," Mphahlele tells

"That means you've got a good coach and you must just keep him. We've got a contract with him, we will keep him. They will make us to keep him even more."

Asked if there is any buyout clause in the coach's contract, Mphahlele laughed off the idea.

"[Laughs loudly] I don't have that idea of selling the coach. I don't have it, to tell you the truth. I don't regard the coach as somebody I can sell. Yes a player can be sold, but not the coach.

"If Zambia wants the coach, they can come, they can approach us, then we will release him. We can't sell the coach. Yes we will release him for free, why not? We didn't buy him. Did we buy him? Then why do we sell him?

"If they approach me and say they need the coach, I will respect the country of Zambia, as much as I respect my country... if my country comes to me and says 'we want your coach' I won't sell the coach to them. It's my responsibility as a citizen of this country to support and supply.

"So it's the same with Zambia, if they come to me and say we need the coach, they agree with the coach, I don't have a problem. I will release him definitely.

"He's still got another year to run, but the way we are working I don't see him leaving us soon. We are happy with the way he works with us."

Bakgaga are 12th on the Absa Premiership log with eight points from eight matches.

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