Khumalo next Chiefs coach?

2012-04-25 13:43

Johannesburg - Former Kaizer Chiefs player Doctor Khumalo is interested in taking up the vacant coaching duties at the club from next season.

"If given an opportunity, I don't think it will be a problem," Khumalo said on Wednesday.

Khumalo, a former Bafana Bafana player who is hailed as one of the country's greatest, has previously been in charge of the Chiefs youth set up.

"This is what I wanted to do and went to [coaching] school for, but if there is another local coach then I will support him," he said.

Khumalo and another former player, Donald Khuse, took over on a caretaker basis until the end of the season after Chiefs parted ways with Serb Vladimir Vermezovic earlier this month.

The duo, however, have started their reign on the back foot, losing all three matches in charge thus far.

Chiefs face a rare trophy-less season, having been eliminated early in all three cup competitions.

They are a distant sixth in the Premiership race with five games left in the season.

"It's unfortunate that we going through a phase and a transition period," Khumalo said.

"I strongly believe that we will fight until it's over.

"Chiefs supporters want to see success because they are used to that."

Khumalo would not confirm whether his or Khuse's CV's had been submitted to club management, who reportedly want to name the new man next month.

"Check with me in three weeks' time," Khumalo said.

Chiefs executive chairman Kaizer Motaung Senior had previously said there was no local coach that could lead the glamour side.

Ironically, Amakhosi's last league success came under naturalised South African Ted Dumitru who led them to back-to-back crowns in the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons.

Previously, Englishman Jeff Butler had been in the country for close to a decade, guiding Chiefs to successive titles in 1991 and 1992 and the 'mini-league' in 1996 that had preceded the Premier Soccer League era.

Butler is said to be one of the coaches that have expressed an interest in the vacant post, along with fellow Englishman and former Bafana coach Stuart Baxter.

Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune supported the possibility of Khumalo or Khuse taking over full time, while subtly jabbing the European philosophical style that has restricted their freedom of play.

"What was previously lacking [in the team] was African flair since European coaches prefer a 'straight' system," Khune said.

"They [Khumalo and Khuse] have instilled a lot of confidence in this team and I believe that we are playing carpet football.

"They have told us what to do, and what we have got to do to get the supporters behind us."

Khune predicted that Chiefs would recover from their slump in a crunch league meeting with fellow title challengers SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

A defeat to United will diminish Chiefs' chances before their next fixture against second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns.

"I believe we can turn the corner," Khune said.

"We need to take it a game at a time and people will start believing in us."

Meanwhile, the side welcomed back midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane from a long-term knee injury, and he may be available for the Sundowns game.

Midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala and striker Lehlohonolo Majoro did not train on Wednesday because of niggles, but they were expected to recover ahead of the weekend clash.


  • macdsibs - 2012-04-25 14:11

    Joke of the year!

  • Sello - 2012-04-25 14:23

    Yes Khumalo. Take the reins and submit the club to the lower league!

  • Andile - 2012-04-25 14:49

    That would be ingle no return to lower leauge.

  • Ayanda - 2012-04-25 14:59

    No thanks Doc not now.....don't think so, after seeing an improvement when we all see the misery...NEXT 20YRS DOC!!!

  • Nkorwana - 2012-04-25 15:47

    "We need to take it a game at a time and people will start believing in us." first Khuse start believing yourself before people start believing, Chelsea players believed that they can move a mountain and put it in-front of their goal post, and some how they managed to block waves of atak, atak from Barca'

  • neo.sebape - 2012-04-26 06:46

    Look I have nothing against doc becoming the next coach I would support him but I don't think its the right time for him to take over as coach maybe he coud start off as an assistant coach and first learn from someone more experience than him as a coach, otherwise I don't have anything against him being the coach, I have been his fan for a long time including ace

  • Keith - 2012-04-26 09:53

    Doc don't do this to yourself. You are one of our legends but you're definitely not a coach for this leaque. Kaizer must get a quality coach and provide him with quality players and then trophies will roll in again. Don't sit on the money use it my brother.

      xelegu - 2012-04-27 03:17

      In SA we got a bad tendency of barring ppl,while they are still alive.ppl u need 2 be fair here not even a single coach has performed miracle over 3 games taking over from other coach.Doc is da qualified coach if he believe that he can do the job,then he must be given a chance 2 prove a qualified chef u wanna tel me if my bosses fired the head chef I must be given a chance 2 be a head chef while I have experience and qualifications,just because of da individuals who don't believe in me.Doc and Ace if u guys believe in yourselves that u can do the job am 110 percent behind u guys,dark or blue.

  • patrickchina.ngene - 2012-05-02 12:03

    yes i think dats a gud idea. Chiefs must gv dis guy a chance, i blieve he wl do miracles. 4 Chiefs 2 win league, it s late, so Doc prepare them 4 da nxt season. I know it sn,t easy 4 the supporters 2 c their team losing every game they play.

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