Baroka FC coach Wedson Nyirenda says he does not mind his head being on the block when he is recommending players. Nyirenda and the club unveiled six players on Thursday in Jane Furse with club chairman Khurishi Mphahlele saying they were all the coach’s recommendations.

Nyirenda is pleased that he has a big say in the process of acquiring new players. The Zambian mentor concedes that international experience was a key factor when he signed the players unveiled on Thursday.

Three of the six are internationals Gerald Phiri Jnr, Richard Mbulu and Manuel Kambala. The former Kaizer Chiefs striker is expecting to see a clear distinction between internationals and local players.

The coach is still looking to beef up his goalkeeping department saying Baroka’s number one Elvis Chipezeze and Ayanda Dlamini need competition. There is talk that the club could re-sign Oscarine Masuluke while they are also allegedly eyeing former Orlando Pirates keeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

As far as pre-season is concerned Nyirenda has set up a few bases outside Limpopo and is finalising friendlies for his charges. Report by Lethabo Kganyago