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‘Kaizer Chiefs need to adapt to modern football trends’

An outspoken former Kaizer Chiefs defender has stated that it is about time the club adapts to the trends of modern football following the collapse of the club’s talks with Nasreddine Nabi.

As previously reported by FARPost, the Chiefs-Nabi contract negotiation stalled as both parties could not agree on a few aspects of the deal.

Amakhosi have since made a decision that came as a shock to many on Wednesday when they appointed Molefi Ntseki as their new head coach. The ex-Bafana Bafana coach replaces Arthur Zwane at the helm.

Nabi was eager to join Chiefs, but the stumbling block was that Chiefs were not prepared to allow him to bring two of his technical team members. Nabi, on the other hand, wanted to add the third.

The Tunisian coach felt he needed to add his own man Helmi Gueldich, a holder of a PhD in Exercise Science, while Chiefs argue that they have a good conditioning coach Muzi Maluleke.

The Glamour Boys’ former defender Dominic Isaacs has aired his views on the matter. He believes it is only fair for a new coach coming in to bring his own technical team that he can trust to stand a better chance of succeeding.

Team Kaizer Chiefs during a game
Kaizer Chiefs


It has become a trend around in the world of football that coaches jump ship with their own trusted technical teams, including Pitso Mosimane.

Mosimane doesn’t go anywhere without his three trusted lieutenants and compatriots Kabelo Rangoaga, Musi Matlaba, and Kyle Solomon. He recently joined Abu Dhabi club Al Wahda FC with them, adding two more members of his choice.

“I believe that at the end of the day Chiefs have also got the right to have their people around the head coach,” Isaacs told FARPost.

“However in modern football coaches move around with their own technical team, “It would have been very expensive to let go of the relevant backroom staff,” continued Isaacs.

In addition, Isaacs, who played for Chiefs between 2008 to 2012, criticised the club for their handling of the Arthur Zwane issue with Nabi in the picture.

Zwane penned a three-year deal before the start of the 2022/23 season. The Soweto-born coach had a turbulent start as he failed to win any trophy and quality for inter-club competition.

“But I think by now Chiefs should have made up their mind with regards to if they will retain Arthur Zwane, or are they going to look for a new coach.,” he said.

“It’s not good in terms of the club as a whole because everybody is looking at them to provide clarity.

“The telling part is that for Chiefs not to come out and say that they are doing this or make a statement that Zwane will be kept or not, also tells a hell of a lot.”

Story by Joshua Hendricks


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