PROMISING young coach Christy Khuruseb aims to bring back the pride of the Ghosts as he takes over the reins at Orlando Pirates in the MTC Premiership.
After steering Civics to a second-place finish last season, the former Orlando Pirates coach returned to his beloved Buccaneers ship where he plans to restore lost pride and dignity to the Katutura giants.
“I have come back to make sure we restore the pride that this great club had built up. Nowadays teams are not afraid to face Pirates but they need to know that Pirates will be different this coming season.
“We all plan to instil that fear once again in our opponents,” Khuruseb says.
He adds that he has made some several additions to the fairly young team and will make some more as he aims to emulate what he did with Civics last season.
“I am proud of what I did with the young squad at Civics last season and I aim to replicate that with Pirates.
“Young players are good to work with because they want to learn and they are not big-headed yet, but you also need cool heads in the team and we will surely have some senior players available for next season at Pirates,” Khuruseb states.
He further confirms that Pirates have added former Hotspurs strong midfielder Gomes Casanova and Ashley Jossob from Eleven Arrows to their team as well as another youngster from Khomas first division football Bruce Khoseb.
“We are confirming some signings soon and there will be some big name signing as well just to bring about some balance.”
Khuruseb announces that the club has released midfielders Johannes Malgas and Riaan Cloete, the latter spent last season on loan at Hotspurs, and defender Ivan Makina. He believes no one will miss them.
“We have to move on. It’s a new chapter – we have to start with a different ball game and make sure we assert ourselves in the championship.
“Good players come and go but the club Pirates remains and we have to make it great once again,” says the man who signed a three-year deal with Pirates.
The new coach also confirms that he will keep Bertus Bock as his assistant after Bock guided Pirates to a seventh-place finish in what turned out a turbulent season for the club.