Orlando Pirates unveil new coach tasked with rescuing sinking ship

Irvin Khoza has announced that Kjell Jonevret will be taking the top job at Pirates. (Reuters)

Irvin Khoza has announced that Kjell Jonevret will be taking the top job at Pirates. (Reuters)

Fallen giants Orlando Pirates have named Swede Kjell Jonevret as coach.

The 54-year-old Scandinavian inherits a team lying 10th in the league after suffering a club record 6-0 defeat by Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend.

Pirates’ only realistic chance of success this season is winning the Nedbank Cup, which kicks off again next month.

“I have visited South Africa several times and watched local matches,” he told reporters after the announcement.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me with one of the biggest names in African club football.”

Jonevret coached five Swedish clubs with a 2005 league-cup double at Djurgardens the highlight.

Moving to Norway, he had four-year spells with Molde and Viking, his most recent club. –  Agence France-Presse

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