Former Maritzburg United assistant coach Vincent Kobola began his tenure at Baroka on Monday, working with Coach Matsimela Thoka.
Kobola was roped in to assist Thoka who was officially appointed as head coach in November 2020.
This will also be the first time that the 36-year-old works in his home province since the start of his professional career in 2009.
“The first day was exciting and I know most of the players so they were excited to see me as well,” Kobola told FARPost.
“Players were laughing, making jokes and staff, telling me that they have been waiting for me for a long time but I told them that this is the right time now, that’s why I came today.
“I am here to help coach Thoka because he is the one who called me together with the Chairman. Also, Baroka is home so it’s nice to be home after 14 years away,” he said.
Kobola has also emphasised the importance of finishing at a reputable position.
“The team is number eight and we want to improve on that. I don’t want to fight relegation because I fought relegation at Maritzburg (United) before, and it was tough. So here I just want the club to maintain the top eight and we will take it from there.
“We have a good bunch of players, I am also excited to be part of the team. I have seen Baroka from a distance, they have good players who are still young and full of energy,” added Kobola.
The former Moroka Swallows and Jomo Cosmos player is likely to be on the bench when Bakgaga travel to Stellenbosch for the DStv Premiership clash on Wednesday.
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By Ofhani Munyai