Palmer the new coach of ambitious Warriors side

IAN Palmer, the former Orlando Pirates assistant coach, has joined National First Division side African Warriors as head coach on a one-year contract, with an option to renew.

The announcement was made in Johannesburg yesterday by Jabu Khumalo, the club's chairman.

"We roped in Palmer after we amicably terminated our contract with Molefi Ntseki after he failed to achieve his goal of getting the club promoted to the elite league.

"We are confident that Palmer, as a professional coach and one who has the experience of coaching in this division before, will help us achieve our goal," Khumalo said.

"He is one of the most underrated but ambitious coaches. He will have time with the players from the beginning of next month."

Palmer, who took FC AK to the NFD playoffs and Maritzburg United to the Absa Premiership, said he wanted to make it two in a row after the promotion of United.

"Warriors are a good side with potential and I believe they can be converted into a formidable side. They have the ability to win the league after they finished fourth and third respectively in their opening two seasons," Palmer said yesterday.

Meanwhile, Absa Premiership side Mpumalanga Black Aces have signed Rudiger Gilbert from FC AK, Joseph Mthombeni and Klaas Galane from Dynamos, as well as Sibusiso Dabi from Vodacom League side Blackburn Rovers to reinforce their squad.