Krol: Why I really left Orlando Pirates


Legendary coach Ruud Krol has finally revealed why he left Orlando Pirates after leading the club to a historic treble-winning 2010/11 season.

After winning the Egyptian Cup with Zamalek and leading them to second place behind Al Ahly, Krol left the Egyptian giants to succeed Owen da Gama as Pirates head coach in 2008.

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In his three years in the Absa Premiership, the Netherlands legend built a fearsome Buccaneers squad that won the MTN8, Nedbank Cup and league in the season after the 2010 World Cup.

However, after his unprecedented success, the Dutchman left upon the expiry of his initial three-year contract and was replaced by Brazilian coach Julio Leal.

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"They didn't want to renovate [sic] my contract, I don't know [why]. It was always a bit dubious I think but of course I have no problems with Pirates," Krol tells

"They [were] always talking and talking about the contract, they said they want to renew it. The president [Irvin Khoza] wanted to talk but it never happened.

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"So I went to America for my daughter and nothing happened in between. I stayed in South Africa for one year and then I eventually left to go to Tunisia, where I joined CS Sfaxien.

"I worked there very well and I have good memories. For the rest, I wish them all the best."

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Since leaving Pirates, Krol won the Tunisian Ligue 1 with Sfaxien, the CAF Confederation Cup, the league once more with Esperance de Tunis, as well as the UNAF Club Cup with Raja Casablanca.

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