Kaizer Chiefs: Hunt for New Head Coach Narrows Down to Two Locals, Three Foreigners

Kaizer Chiefs: Hunt for New Head Coach Narrows Down to Two Locals, Three Foreigners

Robert Abong'o
updated at March 1, 2024 at 10:21 AM
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  • The search for Kaizer Chiefs's new head coach is picking up pace
  • Interim boss, Cavin Johnson, has not had the best of stints so far
  • Two locals and three foreigners have reportedly been shortlisted

Kaizer Chiefs have reportedly narrowed their options for a new head coach, with five potential candidates emerging as frontrunners to succeed interim boss, Cavin Johnson.

Insider sources familiar with the club's decision-making process have disclosed that the selection is almost complete, with an announcement expected before the end of the season.

Among the contenders, only two hail from South Africa, namely Pitso Mosimane and Manqoba Mngqithi, both of whom have prior links to the head coach position at Chiefs.

 Pitso Mosimane and Manqoba Mngqithi during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town at Loftus Stadium on February 15, 2014 in Pretoria. Photo: Lefty Shivambu.
Pitso Mosimane and Manqoba Mngqithi are reportedly the two local names shortlisted by Kaizer Chiefs for the coaching role. Photo: Lefty Shivambu.
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The decision-making process is said to prioritise a candidate who possesses tactical acumen and resonates with the culture and playing philosophy of Kaizer Chiefs.

"They are all good, but they are looking for someone who will understand Chiefs' culture and customs and the playing philosophy. But it's as good as done that by the start of preseason, the new coach will be announced," a source told SNL24.

Chiefs not in the best form

Chiefs' aspirations for silverware this season suffered a setback following their elimination from the Nedbank Cup at the hands of underdogs, Milford FC.

The Soweto giants, heavily favoured to progress, were stunned by the lower-tier side, losing 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw in regular and extra time.

Reflecting on the defeat, Johnson acknowledged the disappointment it had brought to the team and the toll it had taken on the players mentally and emotionally.

"You’ve got to apologise to them, the 16 million supporters we have. And I am sure they will have seen the game on television," said Johnson, as quoted by Times Live.

Cavin Johnson issues apology to fans

Sports Brief reported when Johnson apologised to Kaizer Chiefs fans after another disappointing loss, extending the team's trophy drought to almost a decade.

Despite their sixth-place position in the DStv Premiership, the Naturena-based club is set to endure a ninth consecutive season without any silverware.

The Nedbank Cup game against Milford ended 0-0 in regulation time, with the underdogs eventually prevailing 5-4 on penalties after extra time on February 25.

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