‘No one looking over their shoulders’


Davids was rather surprisingly roped in as a second assistant coach to Milutin Sredojevic and Rhulani Mokwena at Pirates in January, despite coming from a head coach position at Maritzburg United.

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The budding tactician led The Team of Choice to their first ever cup final a year ago to cap off the KwaZulu-Natal outfit’s best ever season in as far as results and league finish is concerned.

But he now finds himself in the Absa Premiership title race with The Buccaneers and says his experience thus far has been pleasant alongside his new, more experienced colleagues.

“If you go back to where Pirates were at the beginning of last season and seeing how coach Micho and Rhulani came in and transformed the club to where it is now,” said Davids.

“Pushing last season, being the only other team in the title race with Sundowns and being where we are right now this season as well.

“So, of course coming into an environment where the philosophy is set, we’re now at a point where we’re in the final stretch and so my input is to try and see from a different eye and perspective, having come from the outside.

“The coaches have been very open in taking my opinions and different way of thinking, which is to get that extra 10 percent in what we’re trying to do in every training session, match, analysing our opponents and improving our squad tactically, technically and physically.

“Coming into this environment is made easy when there are very confident coaches, who are not looking over their shoulders but really embracing the situation of having another coach in their stable.”

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