Baroka coach Wedson Nyirenda. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/GALLO IMAGES
Baroka coach Wedson Nyirenda. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/GALLO IMAGES

Baroka coach Wedson Nyirenda is more than just a coach for the Limpopo football club — he is a motivational speaker and a pastor with the Pentecostal Christian group.

Nyirenda  xplained why it is important for him to double up as a preacher for his players.

“First and foremost‚ we preach the word of God to the players not to win a game‚ but to win their souls and better their lives‚” said the Zambian.

The former Kaizer Chiefs striker pointed out that he has seen‚ over the years‚ players lose their way and end up destitute. Now he wants to ensure that none of the Bakgaga players follow that path.

“I’ve seen it and experienced it in my life. You cannot just be a coach‚ do some exercises and then the players just go [home]. You must have a word with the players that will change their lives. This is what we do in every camp. We have 30-45 minutes and we preach life into them.

Nyirenda is a strict disciplinarian who made it clear during an interview with the Sowetan newspaper in 2018 that‚ “if you want to do what you want‚ then it will have to be outside whatever organisation you belong to”.

The 52-year-old guided Baroka to the Telkom Knockout triumph and a 14th place finish in the Premiership in his first season with the club.