Rojas new Ngaruawahia coach

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 23/01/2014

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Ngaruawahia United have turned to club stalwart Rodrigo Rojas to take the coaching reins for the upcoming Premier Division season.

Rojas, the father of All Whites star Marco, is a rookie head coach at the top level and takes over from last year's success story, Joel Pinto.

Pinto, in his first and only season at the club, took Ngaruawahia from Northern League Division One into the top flight with a sustained run of outstanding performances in the second half of 2013 that saw United clinch the second promotion spot in their final encounter.

"We are excited to offer this opportunity to Rodi," said new club president Jared Williams.

"On paper he doesn't have a great deal of experience at this level, but he has real pedigree."

Rojas played 116 games for Ngaruawahia's first team between 1995 and 2005.

He is currently in Germany with Marco, who plays for VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga.

"He's learning how professional athletes and clubs operate," Williams said.

"This knowledge will be vital and is a point of difference for our club compared to the other clubs in the region.

"He obviously understands what is required to turn good young players into professionals. He has been a part of this process and witnessed it first-hand with his son Marco."

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