JOHANNESBURG – Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung was coy on who the two candidates are that the club are talking to, with the aim of bringing in one of them as Steve Komphela’s replacement.
Chiefs’ search for a coach has been hampered by clubs with deeper pockets “poaching” some of the candidates they were looking at.
Patrice Carteron was snapped by Egyptian giants Al-Ahly, while former Al-Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry – who was close to signing with Amakhosi – was offered a fortune by new kids on the block Pyramids FC, who are funded by a wealthy backer who wants to stick it to the Red Devils.
This has led to the Amakhosi being linked with Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter in what would be a dramatic return to Naturena. The British coach led Chiefs to two league titles in three years.
Motaung admitted that he fits into the criteria of the type of coach they are looking for, and said the Amakhosi were looking for a high-profiled coach with a lot of experience, a coach who’ll be a father figure and understand the dynamics of the league.
“He is still contracted to Bafana Bafana, isn’t he? It’s good that we are linked to top coaches,” Motaung said.
“He is also one of the top coaches. He was with us. We know his value and his quality. He is a high-profiled coach as well. He falls within the category.”
Baxter’s son Lee is already at Amakhosi.
“Well, his son is a goalkeeper coach,” Motaung said. “You are already linking him with Chiefs. I love the assumptions because people lead us to good things.
“We are looking at a coach who will take this club forward and hit the ground running. I won’t mention the candidates that we are speaking to.
“I don’t like mentioning names until I sign with somebody. Nothing has been signed yet, but we have a top coach coming.”@NJABULON