Siyabonga Nomvethe: Kjell Jonevret needs to lift Orlando Pirates' dressing room spirit
Posted: 23 February 2017 Time: 17:14
Former Orlando Pirates striker Siyabonga Nomvethe feels the club's new coach Kjell Jonevret has a lot of work to do if he is to lift the mood at Mayfair.
The Swedish tactician was appointed as Pirates head coach on Monday as the Soweto giants look to respond to their appalling season so far, which culminated in their record 6-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns earlier in February.
The Buccaneers have also gone nine matches without a win, another unwanted record for the Soweto giants, who are in danger of finishing outside the top eight for the first time in the PSL era.
The former Djurgadens IF coach, who made mention at his unveiling that he knows 'Bhele', Lance Davids and Benedict Vilakazi - who all played in the Swedish league - will oversee his first game in charge of Pirates, against Polokwane City, on Saturday, after receiving a temporary work permit.
And AmaZulu striker Nomvethe, who played for Djurgadens IF in 2005 when Jonevret was still their coach, says the Swede’s first challenge is to lift the dressing after the club's spate of poor results.
"He first [Jonevre] has to lift the mood in the team because at this point in time things are not looking good and he came at the time when the team is in dire straits," Nomvethe tells KickOff.com.
"The players have lost the confidence and fighting spirit for the team. You can't come immediately back from getting a hiding of 6-0 [from Sundowns] and 2-1 [from Bidvest Wits].
"Sometimes you are even scared to come out of the door step and say 'I'm going out but the team is not doing well, what are people going to say?' and the players now are very embarrassed and hurt.
"But first thing first; what he has to do is bring back the spirit of the players.
"Having said that, I see him having a lot of challenges as the team wasn't doing well but I'm sure as the coach he knows the things he has to sort out moving forward."