‘Madze’ signs a one-year contract at Pirates
The experienced coach, who has spent the past 11 years both as a player and coach at the Msunduza-based outfit, finally agreed terms with the black and white ensemble last night. He signed a one-year renewable contract.
Pirates chairman Thulani ‘Maya’ Hlandze confirmed the latest developments, saying Bulunga would start his new duties at training at Enjabulweni School in Manzini this afternoon.
“As a team, we can only pledge our full support to the coach. It is worth mentioning that we always wanted him to join the team as assistant sometime ago as he is a good coach, so we did not hesitate appointing him. He will be assisted by Nhlanhla Mabuza, whose contribution to the team remains valuable,” he told MTNFootball.com.
Bulunga, although acknowledging the challenge of leading the ambitious side, said he would give it his best shot. He said he left Cosmos as he felt as he needed to widen his career horizon and pursue bigger challenges.
“To grow in this profession, I felt I needed a change of environment. It was not easy quitting Cosmos who are like my second home, but it was high time I stepped aside for the benefit of both parties as there was too much familiarity which was at play,” he said.
Bulunga explained that he was looking to guide the side to a respectable finish in the league next season and make it a force to be reckoned with in cup competitions.
“I will not make miracles but I’m looking for support of all the relevant stakeholders at Moneni Pirates to achieve our dreams.”
The coaching post at Pirates became vacant after the death of Dumisa ‘Dodge’ Mahlalela last week.