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Micho Sredojevic welcomes new Orlando Pirates first team analyst

Posted: 5 April 2018 Time: 17:21

Orlando Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic has welcomed the club's appointment of a new first-team analyst and explains the important role of the new technical team member.

Pirates have roped Michael Loftman, a former Tottenham Hotspur development coach and Watford sports scientist, into their first team technical team.

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Loftman, a 27-year-old UEFA 'A' Licensed coach who has also recently worked as head coach of Lusaka Dynamos in Zambia, comes in to replace the recently departed Rayaan Jacobs, who has since joined Cape Town City as assistant coach.

Sredojevic, who will work closely with the blossoming coach alongside assistants Rhulani Mokwena and Benson Mhlongo, has welcomed the new addition to the team and gave a brief explanation of his role.

"We are happy to have Michael Loftman amongst us. He's previous experience will fully fill the void left by the departure of Rayaan," 'Micho' tells KickOff.com.

"It is a very important role because in the hierachy and technical setup we're having, we are in very much need of paying attention to the deepest possible details.

"His arrival will be an added value and two more eyes through video analysis of opponents – going into the deepest details in order to find sources of vulnerability and danger in opposition.

"As well as to look inward into improving the team individually, in partnerships, departments and overall segments and phases of the game. When looking at those aspects, it is too broad so we needed a strong technical member to look into this.

"I have no doubt that Michael will, with his contribution of looking into the details, add new value."

The Serbian tactician also believes Loftman's arrival will allow Mokwena and Mhlongo more opportunity to focus solely on their respective duties, while also outlining these.

"We will now have coach Rhulani taking care of his responsibilities on the field – from the tactical and other aspects, while coach Benson will be taking care of his responsibilties as a continuation of former coaching and from a former player's persepctive," he added.

"The analyst will then give us the best possible service, as I've mentioned regarding the opponents and our own wrong-doings that need corrections and right-doings that need upgrading and improvement."

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Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
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