Absa Premiership

Mendu tells Kaizer Chiefs to hire a local coach

2019-05-28 10:02
Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Jabulani Mendu believes the club need to hire a South African coach to help restore the fortunes of the Glamour Boys.

Ernst Middendorp oversaw one of the side's worst seasons in history in 2018/19 as they finished ninth and lost in the Nedbank Cup final 1-0 to TS Galaxy.

It appears Chiefs are in disarray on and off the pitch - previous mentor Giovanni Solinas arrived late in pre-season and he struggled to achieve results before Middendorp arrived to take over in December.

However, aside from reaching the final, Amakhosi have struggled for clean sheets and goals under the German.

Mendu, who starred for Chiefs from 2003 until 2005, told reporters: "It is embarrassing for me to even answer this question, but history again, I'm a person fond of history, Middendorp did the same in 2006.

"So, what does that tell us? Let's believe in our local guys. We have more qualified coaches in this country than before, but no one is giving us chance to coach their teams.

"So, I think that's (Chiefs') biggest problem, look at Gavin Hunt, Pitso Mosimane; Dan 'Dance' just destroyed Chiefs now, look at what Fadlu Davids achieved, just to name a few.

"But you can see that we (local coaches) have what it takes to coach in the PSL."


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