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5 candidates to replace Komphela at Kaizer Chiefs

2018-04-23 08:41
Luc Eymael and Steve Komphela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Sport24 looks at 5 possible candidates to replace Steve Komphela as Kaizer Chiefs head coach after he brought an end to his unsuccessful spell at the club.

Komphela sensationally brought an end to an unsuccessful 3 years at Naturena immediately after being knocked out of the Nedbank Cup - by Free State Stars at the semi-final stage - in a shock 2-0 loss.

After the final whistle blew, a section of the Chiefs fans began a rampage that would see parts of the Moses Mabhida Stadium damaged, security guards attacked and players fleeing to the change rooms.

Sport24 looks at 5 possible candidates to replace Komphela:

Luc Eymael

Luc Eymael is the strong favourite to replace Komphela with rumours circulating that Chiefs already had an agreement in place with Free State Stars for the Belgian to make the switch. Ea Lla Koto are also believed to be considering reappointing Komphela in a "swap deal".

Eymael led Stars to an impressive fifth spot in the Absa Premiership standings and passed his "audition" for the vacant Chiefs hot seat by getting the better of Komphela to reach the Nedbank Cup final.

The former Polokwane City manager confirmed that his relationship with Komphela had broken down due to the rumours - proving that even Komphela believes Eymael will be confirmed as the next head coach of the Soweto giants.

The only downside to his appointment is the 58-year-old's combative personality after several instances of brandishing harsh words for club owners when not getting his way. His appointment could therefor bring back the glory days to Chiefs or go spectacularly up in flames.

Doctor Khumalo

A true Kaizer Chiefs legend who would demand respect from both the players and fans having enjoyed a good relationship with the playing squad during his time at the club.

If it is believed that Khumalo left Naturena due to a diminished role at the club due to Komphela, he could now be open to return to the club where he became a household name in South African football.

Khumalo's reputation has been enhanced in his role as a director of football at Baroka FC having built a good working relationship with the coaching staff. The downside is that he doesn't have any experience as a head coach of a top-flight club.

Rulani Mokwena

Mokwena is the next up-and-coming coach in local football and boasts an impressive CV as an assistant coach at Mamelodi Sundowns and currently at Orlando Pirates.

He seems to have a bright future in the game and has proven to be a talented coach - as is evident from the clips of training sessions he posts regularly on Twitter. Along with Buccaneers head coach Milutin Sredojevic has quickly led the club into title contention.

Also is untested as a head coach and it's highly unlikely that he'd be allowed to join Chiefs by Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza.

Ruud Krol

Krol’s name always seems to come up when it comes to jobs in South Africa, despite the fact that he hasn’t worked in the league since leaving Pirates in 2011.

He has a good reputation within local football and is familiar with the league. Is an outside call though for the Chiefs hot-seat.

Nikola Kavazovic

Chiefs are believed to have targeted Serbian coach Nikola Kavazovic in the past as Komphela’s replacement, according to media reports in Botswana.

Kavazovic led Botswana’s Township Rollers into the group stages of the CAF Champions league for the first time in the club's history.

According to the reports, Rollers are already preparing for life without Kavazovic and have started talking with former Orlando Pirates coach Kosta Papic.


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