Tyren Arendse takes over Santos coaching reins ahead of ABC Motsepe League campaign
Posted: 7 August 2017 Time: 08:57
Santos stalwart Tyren Arendse is in charge of the club's pre-season preparations for life in the SAFA Western Cape ABC Motsepe League.
Arendse, who is yet to decide if his 18-year playing career is over with the move into coaching, suffered relegation with the team from the National First Division last season.
Tony de Nobrega was unable to steer the People's Team to safety after replacing Zeca Marques as interim coach in December with the club lying second-from-bottom in the standings.
“The body is still feeling good, but I haven’t made a final decision yet,” Arendse told SAFA Western Cape. “I’m not the office type, coaching is something that I definitely want to pursue.
“I’ve been planning it, I’ve already done my SAFA D and C Coaching license, which is the first two steps. The next one is obviously the B license. It’s just another challenge for me, which is something that I like.
“The office is not for me, I need to be on the field, whether playing or on the sidelines, that’s where I need to be. I’m always ready and able, I’ve been with this club for quite some time now. Wherever the club needs me, I’m willing to take up the role.”
The Cape-based outfit have had to trim their squad after dropping to the third tier.
“A lot of players have left from last season, so basically, I’m getting the team together to see what players we have, which players can still add value to the team. We need to build a team, we need to get the players to the right fitness levels.
“We’re playing some friendlies to have a look at some players and test ourselves to know where we stand.”
The 36-year-old is adamant the club is gunning for an immediate return to the NFD.
“We want to win the league, it would be pointless to play in the ABC Motsepe League and not aspire to win the league. So we need to assemble a squad that would at least give us a chance to win the league.”