Bay United extend Heric’s contract
Posted: 23 July 2008 Time: 11:19 am
Newly-promoted Bay United have extended the contract of head coach Vladislav Heric.
The Serbian tactician joined the club two years ago when United were battling to avoid relegation and immediately turned the club‘s fortunes around, winning promotion two years ahead of schedule.
His appointment was confirmed at a strategic session, which included the club’s management and other stakeholders, in St Francis Bay at the weekend, reports KickOff.com correspondent Mogan Segadavan.
Heric has been given carte blanche to strengthen the squad, taking into account issues such as continuity and the club‘s unwavering commitment to development.
The weekend’s session deliberated broadly on a range of issues including the club’s management, infrastructure, facilities, sponsorship, development and social responsibility.
In addition to funding, the club will be seeking sponsors in other areas such as transport and kit.
“Our elevation to the Premier Soccer League comes with enormous responsibilities and opportunities,” said club chairman Sipho Pityana.
“It is our duty to ensure we have a strong and well balanced squad that is going to win games, and to do that we will have to be backed by a competent technical management team.”
The team will be strengthened by signing additional PSL players. An announcement is expected to be made at the club‘s awards function next week.
Meanwhile, former Lamontville Golden Arrows defender Billy Mwanza has denied linking him with a move to Bay United.
He, however, said his agent had hinted to him that a team whose name he could not disclose, but was based in Durban was interested in him.
“I am not going to Bay United. Who told you? No, Bay United has not approached me. I will tell you after the Cosafa Cup where I’m going because the manager told me there is a team in Durban that wants to sign me, but he didn’t tell me which team it was,” Mwanza said.
Another player who has been tipped to join United is former Free State Stars defender Clive Hachilensa, who is on the books of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Super league side Zesco United.
Bay United currently have two Zambians in their team, strikers Given Singuluma and Linos Chalwe.