I differed with Mphahlele in principles not in person

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Former Baroka coach Wedson Nyirenda has spoken out for the first time after his decision to relinquish his position at the club in December last year.

The Zambian joined Bakgaga at the beginning of the 2018/19 season and went on to help the club create history by winning the 2018 Telkom Knockout, only 5 months into the job.

But there was a change of fortunes at Baroka this season under Nyirenda with the team struggling to get out of the relegation zone and strong allegations of interference from the management.

Speaking to FARPost.co.za in Polokwane this morning before he left for his native Zambia, Nyirenda expressed his gratitude to the Baroka chairman Khurishi Mphahlele whom he says is misunderstood by people.

“That man (Khurishi Mphahlele) is amazing and I would say that a lot of people maybe did not understand him. I have even stayed (at the team house) longer after resigning because we understand each other very well,” said Nyirenda.

“I tolerated him and he tolerated me, we differed in principles but not in person so he is a good chairman and he loved me a lot, honestly he just said from the first day I came he said ‘I don’t know why but from first sight I just loved you’ so from that time I think the relationship has become so huge” continued Nyirenda.

“He is my family now and when I resigned he was a sad man but he said, ‘Wedson I understand where you are coming from so it is well’. So I will miss Mr Mphahlele and I will miss Baroka.”

Nyirenda has also confirmed that he has had offers from Zambian clubs but says he wants to use the time in Zambia to spend with his family but would be keen for a return to the South African football scenes.

By Ofhani Munyai

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