Pirates and Muinjo part ways

19 Dec 2018 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia Premier League (NPL) team Orlando Pirates Football Club has fired its coach following a string of poor results.
Pirates parted ways ‘amicably’ with head coach Erich Muinjo together with assistant and goalkeeper coach, Heribert Kapeng, after the team performed badly in the six NPL games they have played so far.
Lucky Kakuva makes a welcomed return to the club and will be assisted by Jeffrey Roman, while Michael Pienaar remains team manager.
The clubs Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nicklaas Kisilipile confirmed the change of the coaching staff on Tuesday telephonically, saying: “unfortunately football is a game of results”.
“Orlando Pirates is a big club which is supposed to be competing for top honours. The supporters were not happy with the results so we had to make these changes,” Kisilipile said.
From the six NPL games played, Pirates have won one, drawn one and lost four games, scoring four goals and conceding 12 to leave the club stuck at position 15 of the 16-team log.
Kisilipile added that they are still negotiating with a few individuals for some position in the technical team, including goalkeeper coach.
The CEO said the targets for the 2018/19 season are now for the team to finish between third and fifth position.
Efforts to get comment from Muinjo proved fruitless.
Muinjo becomes the second coach to be fired by an NPL team this season, following Robert Nauseb's departure from African Stars last week.