Johannesburg - Donald 'Ace' Khuse's first order of business as Kaizer Chiefs'
interim coach will be steering them past Free State Stars in Saturday's
Nedbank Cup quarter-final tie.
The Amakhosi assistant boss fills the hot seat left vacant following the sacking of Vladimir Vermezovic on Thursday afternoon.
The Serbian tactician had been under fire for months after
failing to bring any silverware to Naturena, although the fourth-placed
Glamour Boys are just six points behind PSL leaders Orlando Pirates with
seven games left in the season.
The weekend's cup clash against Ea Llo Koto at the Peter Mokaba
Stadium will be a baptism of fire for Khuse and his fellow coaching
team, with Bafana Bafana and Chiefs legend Doctor Khumalo recalled to
"We have an immediate challenge ahead of us, Free State Stars. We
are playing against a good team and a very good coach who is very
passionate about the game. We will need to do our homework," Khuse told
his club's official website.
"We need everyone to be focused and speaking to my colleagues, we
agree that the first thing is to restore the confidence of the players
and show them that they are all capable of lifting the club to greater
heights. We will address the players for the first time this evening
He added: "It feels good that the Chairman (Kaizer Motaung) has
shown trust in us. We have been there before and all we have to do is to
give our best to take the team to the next level.
"I also welcome an opportunity to work with Doctor (Khumalo). We
worked together back in 2002/2003 season and recently in the Reserve
"He will bring a lot of experience in the Technical Team having
been a player here and gone through coaching courses. We both share the
ambition to see the Club at the top."
Having been working hard with Amakhosi's development sides,
Khumalo is excited to help uplift the senior team's performances towards
the close of the 2011/12 campaign.
"I am humbled to have been given this opportunity by the
management to contribute and steer the ship towards the right
direction," he claimed.
"I have never left Chiefs and have been doing the same thing in
the development structures and the only difference now will be
"We immediately need to bring back the special 'Chiefs smile'.
Our supporters have a special smile and it is important that they start
showing that smile on the stands again.
"The supporters have always been the backbone of the club and it
will be important for them to rally behind the team starting on Saturday
against Free State Stars."