Gorowa is the new 'Birds' coach

Moroka Swallows have ended weeks of speculation about the 'Birds' coaching job by announcing Ian Gorowa as the new Swallows coach.

Gorowa, who was Muhsin Ertugral's assistant coach at Ajax, has signed a three year contract with the 'Beautiful Birds'.

Speaking to the club's official website after the announcement, a delighted Gorowa said he is happy to have been given the task to lead "one of South Africa's biggest and oldest clubs that also carries a lot of history".

He continued: "Firstly, I want to thank the Swallows management for putting their trust in me, by selecting me as the man to lead Swallows into the future.

"Secondly, I want to thank Gavin Hunt (former Swallows coach) for laying a good foundation for me by grooming some good youngsters. But having said that, it won't be easy for me to fill his big shoes."

Gorowa said his immediate task will be to try to maintain the winning culture in the team.

"I will also be grooming some youngsters who will take the 'Birds' to higher levels. Obviously I will need a bit of experience, therefore I will be mixing youth with experience. I want to make it clear to the older players that there is a place for them in the squad and they must not think I will be getting rid of them."

The Zimbabwean born mentor said he has already identified players that he will be bringing in next season, adding that these will be useful players who will add benefit to the team.

Meanwhile, Gorowa thanked his previous employers Ajax Cape Town for "giving me a chance to grow as an individual and for not standing in my way when I wanted to leave".

"I would also like to call on all Swallows fans to give me a chance to do my job at Swallows. Just like you guys, I want to win things for Swallows. I want to bring back the good old days, when you also had bragging rights in Soweto against rival teams like Chiefs and Pirates. My first intention is to play a very exciting brand of football, then results will come.

"But things don't happen overnight. I believe in my capabilities and I believe that I can turn Swallows into one of the feared and respected teams in the league. All I ask is patience and support from you guys," concluded Gorowa.

Gorowa's Profile:

Ian Gorowa came to South Africa to play for the now defunct Cape Town Spurs where he made name for himself as an attacking winger. Unfortunately, his playing days came to an abrupt end at the relatively young age of 29, when he suffered a career-ending injury while playing for Spurs. He then became Spurs' assistant coach. When Spurs merged with Seven Stars to form Ajax Cape Town, Gorowa was roped in by Ajax CEO John Comitis as one of the development coaches. He then went on to become the team's assistant coach. The Zimbabwean coach holds a UEFA B Licence in coaching and has played 26 caps for Zimbabwe, where he scored 11 goals.

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