The 38-year-old coach had actually formerly assisted Botswana as well as Togo get the 2011 as well as 2017 Africa Mug of Nations events specifically
Mamelodi Sundowns’ toughness as well as conditioning coach Riedoh Berdien’s impressive listing of success has actually expanded much longer after he lately assisted Gambia get to the Afcon finals for the very first time.
His most recent achievement was made even more satisfying by Gambia’s condition as footballing minnows in Africa as well as the truth that they remained in a difficult certifying team which additionally consisted of the Autonomous Republic of Congo, Angola as well as Gabon.
Ultimately it was Gambia that completed top of the team, with Gabon getting the Afcon in Cameroon following year also by completing 2nd.
“This qualification with Gambia is extremely special because no one gave us a chance during the qualifiers,” Berdien informed the City Press, as priced quote on the News24 site.
“We were in a tough group with Angola, Gabon and the DRC, and to come out as group winners is truly amazing,” the Cape Town-born physical fitness coach proceeded.
“I feel really excited, but more for the people of Gambia. If you had been in Banjul [the capital of Gambia] at the Independent Stadium, you’d certainly get what I’m talking about. Just to bring joy to other people actually gives you more joy as an individual.”
Berdien has actually been used as a professional by the Gambian FA for the previous 2 years, having at first handled his obligations with helping Tanzanian club Youthful Africans, as well as later on Sundowns, whom he participated November in 2014 – changing the outbound Kabelo Rangoaga, that opted for Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly.
Berdien has actually been aiding Gambian head coach Tom Saintfiet, both having actually initially interacted at Free State Stars.
“He’s an African football coach who understands the culture and the continent well,” Berdien commented. “I understand his methodology. Also, he has the ability to bring the best out of players, especially out of smaller teams.”
Berdien has actually additionally been used by Chippa United, Cape Community All Stars as well as Bloemfontein Celtic. Globally, in addition to Botswana, Togo as well as Gambia, the 38-year-old has actually had jobs with Banyana Banyana, Bangladesh, Trinidad & & Tobago.
The Capetonian claims he’s appreciating operating at Sundowns as well as really feels the club has actually been a great suitable for him.
“Obviously, when a club like Sundowns approaches you to work for them, there is a lot of pressure, but good pressure. It’s a chance for one to be successful both on the domestic and international fronts.
” Obtaining the phone call-up to Sundowns was certainly something huge for me. Sundowns is a large club. They comprehend football periodisation [systematic planning of training] as well as technique effectively,” Berdien wrapped up.