BMC head coach, Daniel ‘Chicco’ Nare, came with guns blazing at the club’s press conference on Wednesday afternoon blaming his former club Extension Gunners for tarnishing his name.
Since he left Gunners early this year, some people at the club have not taken the decision kindly, saying all sorts of nasty things about him both in the media and football circles.
Things did not get any better when he recruited out-of-contract Extension Gunners’ workhorse Kemmy ‘Gweru’ Pilato to BMC. This was followed by reports that Nare was also targeting Gunners’ trio of Ofentse Mmipi, Hendrick Moyo and Kgololo Leteane.
Some Gunners’ officials and supporters used different forms of media to accuse Nare of destabilising their camp by recruiting their best players. But at the press conference, Nare said he does not understand why people are making noise about him recruiting players from Gunners.
“It’s (recruiting) a normal practice across the world that when coaches move, they tend to recruit players from their former club looking at their needs. When (Jose) Mourinho left Porto for Chelsea, he took (Ricardo) Carvalho along with him. Today they’re together at Real Madrid, its normal. When (Rahman) Gumbo left Rollers for Chiefs, he took along Itayi Gwandu, today they’re together at FC Platinum (in Zimbabwe) and there was no noise about it. What’s so special about Gunners? I do not want to spoil our relationship,” said a fuming Nare.
He warned those who have been saying bad things about him that it must come to an end. Having turned Gunners into a formidable side before jumping ship, Nare pointed out that he deserves some respect.
The charismatic coach added that he should be allowed to recruit wherever he wants without being called names.
“Even some of you journalists encourage such behavior because you write and report about those things without verifying facts. That must come to an end,” he continued.
On other issues, Nare said that by signing Pilato, Sageby Sandaka (Mochudi Centre Chiefs) and Motlakase duo of Hillary Madzivanyika and Lesego Lubinda, he can achieve his goals in the coming season. BMC have set themselves the target of a top four finish. Nare told the journalists that he wants to turn BMC into a competitive side after spending years as perennial relegation candidates.
BMC have also completed the signing of Burundian striker Christopher Ndayishime who is expected to join Ezinkomo later this year.
“We’re currently looking at securing a centre-back and I believe our mission will be complete,” he said.
At the briefing it was also announced that Tlhalefang ‘Sheleng’ Mogorosi has been roped in as both assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer. Rapelang ‘Raizor’ Tsatsilebe has been deployed to head the youth teams.