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Augusto Palacios remains in charge at Orlando Pirates, new coach search continues

Posted: 10 January 2017 Time: 16:46

Peruvian coach Augusto Palacios is set to remain caretaker coach at Orlando Pirates, at least for now, with the search for a new head coach proving tricky.

‘Njenje’ took over the coaching reins on a caretaker basis last year after Muhsin Ertugral resigned following an infamous 6-1 loss to SuperSport United.

Speculation has been inevitable that Pirates might be close to bringing in a new man before the second half of the season kicks off, and the latest whispers are that Bucs are monitoring Giovanni Solinas, who is set to leave Free State Stars with Serame Letsoaka set to take over.

Polokwane City coach Luc Eymael has also been heavily linked to the post yet understands that his appointment would be complicated at this time due to his current contractual situation.

“Palacios has been in charge of the training sessions since Monday. The club has not said anything about a new coach and everyone is here except the two players in the AFCON tournament,” reports a Pirates source.

Bucs had a full house at training yesterday with only Edwin Gyimah and Tendai Ndoro missing due to African Nations Cup commitments with Ghana and Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, Benson Mhlongo is set to lead the club’s reserve team during the MultiChoice Diski Challenge festival this weekend following the departure of Zipho Dlangalala.

“Mhlongo is expected to lead the reserve team in the MDC tournament this weekend,” the source adds.

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Article by: Ernest Fakude
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