Saturday, May 15, 2021

I am not a player Agent – Amrouche

The senior National team coach, Adel Amrouche interest is to see his players gain recognition internationally. Speaking to Sunday Standard Sport, Amrouche who is being accused of being an agent or intermediary for players dismissed the insinuations.

“Those are baseless accusations and I am not an agent. I use my connections from the people I know to assist my players so that they can play in top league internationally,” explained the Zebras coach. 

He observed that if the players are sent abroad they gain experience and exposure which is necessary for the national team. The more the players play in better leagues, the more they come back and give good performance in the national team and make the country happy. 

To his credit the Zebras mentor, has managed to help three local players to secure jobs in Morocco. The three players are, Simisani Mathumo, Kabelo Seakanyeng and Tumisang Orebonye who are playing for First Division side Olympique Club de Khouribga (OCK).  

Amrouche explained that the OCK coach was his class student when he was training them for UEFA pro coaching license. The adamant coach narrated that the accusations leveled against him will not make him lose focus because he has to do the best for the country to qualify despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He also helped Thatayaone Ditlhokwe to secure contract with South African DSTV premiership outfit, Supersport United. 

“I always tell my players to aim high and must aspire to play in Europe where there are professional leagues and better money,” Amrouche said. On the alleged standoff with players in camp, Amrouche said “those are all fabricated stories and I know the official who is behind this. They want me to lose focus. My aim is to prepare the team for the coming assignment and I can only talk after the mission has been executed”.

The no nonsense mentor said in his team he will not allow lawlessness and will not work with indisciplined players because that shows they don’t have the country at heart. He said he will not be deterred by allegations that he is a racist. 

“The people I have brought to camp are of great value, they help me read video and read statistics. Football these days is scientific and we have to have a full team in order to deliver good results,” he said. 

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