By Colleen Tafireyi
WARRIORS coach Rahman Gumbo missed out on a lifetime opportunity to become South African crack side Orlando Pirates’ head coach on a R25 000 monthly salary and a host of other benefits, I
ndependentSport learnt this week.
The vacant job was to replace another Zimbabwean, Roy Barretto, who quit last year. Augusto Palacios has been in charge of the team on a caretaker basis.
IndependentSport established the Buccaneers were seriously interested in Gumbo and had been talking to him for some time. Gumbo this week confirmed he had held talks with the South African giants, adding they had reached an advanced stage.
South Africa’s Kick-Off magazine also reported last weekend that Pirates were chasing the former Zimbabwe midfielder’s signature but couldn’t take him on board because of the binding deals he has with local premier league side Motor Action and the national team.
The Zimbabwe Football Association employed Gumbo on an interim basis until the end of this year.
Pirates however later decided to engage Yugoslav mentor Kosta Papic, who was on Tuesday morning revealed at a press briefing in Johannesburg.
“He will take over the reins from Augusto Palacios, who has been in charge of the team since October last year when Roy Barretto stepped down following a defeat at the hands of Manning Rangers in the Coca-Cola Cup,” a club official said.