How Kaizer Chiefs Can Reclaim Glory: Trailblazer Advises Club to Overhaul Key Areas of Amakhosi

How Kaizer Chiefs Can Reclaim Glory: Trailblazer Advises Club to Overhaul Key Areas of Amakhosi

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Kaizer Chiefs will likely remain with Cavin Johnson until the end of the season
  • The Amakhosi have climbed the DStv Premiership table since Johnson arrived
  • An ex-player who broke boundaries has suggested a wide overhaul is required

Former players generally have their clubs' best interests at heart.

A man who once stepped into a tabooed unknown has suggested that Kaizer Chiefs take bold steps to reclaim their fading glory.

The Amakhosi have not won a trophy for nine years, are currently second-best in Soweto, and are well behind league dominators, Mamelodi Sundowns.

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Kaizer Chiefs legends Itumeleng Khune, Neli Tovey, Arthur Zwane, and Lucky Stylianou. Photo: @thomasmlambo.
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In 1978, Lucky Stylianou became the first player to cross the racial divide into the Kaizer Chiefs ranks. The defender had previously played for Jewish Guild, Lusitano, and Pretoria City.

A trophy winner at Chiefs, Stylianou was given the Chairman's Award in 2014 and also served in the club's youth development structures in the late 2000s, as listed by SoccerLaduma.

To bring silverware and pride back to Amakhosi, he believes the club needs to return to what made them great, which begins with finding the right coach. He told SNL24:

"Kaizer Chiefs' success is based on their outstanding history. Secondly, bring in the players with a technical director and the board that can win you the league title."

One of those players could be Mfundo Vilakazi. The 18-year-old was the star of the Carling All-Star match and celebrated with a new ride, as Sports Brief also reported.

The teenager has been called to train with the first team and he hopes to break into the starting lineup when the DStv Premiership returns in February. Vodacom Soccer relayed Vilakazi's sentiments:

"I think I am ready. When the time is right, I will go to the first team and play."

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Kaizer Chiefs' transfer window

Sports Brief previously reported on Cavin Johnson and Kaizer Chiefs' transfer window strategy.

Cavin Johnson is taking a pragmatic approach given his short spell and the nature of his position.

The interim coach has claimed he does not need reinforcements as he is still assessing the squad.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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