Former Kaizer Chiefs & Mamelodi Sundowns star Jose Torrealba open to

Former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns forward José Torrealba has said he would consider a return to South African football in order to take on a coaching role in the DStv Premiership.

After enjoying an illustrious playing career, Torrealba hung up his boots in 2018 and has since returned to training in his native Venezuela, where he currently serves as technical assistant to Martín Brignani at Primera División, from Deportivo Lara.

The 41-year-old previously held a similar position with domestic rivals Estudiantes de Mérida and has proven to be a practical coach throughout his sideline spells, earning himself a reputation as one of the the country’s most promising tacticians.

Although second behind Brignani, the former Venezuelan international has temporarily assumed responsibility for the first team of Estudiantes at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and has overseen part of the club’s Copa Libertadores campaign.

“It was a great experience for me, a lot of learning and responsibility,” said Torrealba “Thanks to the results we have achieved, we have secured third place in our group and with it the right to play in the second round of the Copa Sudamericana.”

The duo then moved to Lara where Torrealba was again forced to take control of the first team’s training after Brignani was blocked by travel restrictions, before returning to his technical role, and the former Amakhosi star believes his experiences have prepared him well for potential. return to South Africa.

“I would love to coach any of my old teams, of course, if the opportunity arises,” he explains, when asked if he would be open to training in the DStv Premiership. . “I am learning a lot and am currently gaining experience as a coach.

“I’ve coached in international competitions with both teams – two Copa Sudamericana and one Copa Libertadores with Estudiantes, and one Copa Libertadores with Lara – so definitely going back to South Africa would be fantastic.”

This article is adapted from the full interview with José Torrealba in the June issue of Kick Off magazine. The latest copy can be purchased online here or in store for R25 and includes more content on the former Amakhosi star’s transition to coaching.

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