Possible Coaching Crisis In South Africa

Steve Komphela, Former coach of Kaizer Chiefs, hands out bibs during a training session. PICTURE: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
By Isaac Ndou

JOHANNESBURG: The failure of the South African soccer club’s to get a local coach who meets their requirements is increasing by the years to raise concerns over the credibility of coaching development.

Heavyweights like Kaizer Chiefs are yet to sign a new coach and their pre-season is already underway with Patrick Mabedi who became interim coach towards the end of last season following Steve Komphela’s resignation at the club. 
 
SuperSport United are also still wondering around for a new coach as to replace Erick Tinkler who left the club midway in the elapsed season. Zimbabwe international Kaitano Tembo who then served as interim coach after that is believed to be ready to lead the club forward into the new season. 
 
Luc Eymael had been the name topping links with the top clubs without any reported competition from the South African soil. The Belgian is seen as “hot property” right now after leading Free State Stars to Nedbank Cup success and a top 8 finish.
 
The lack of credible coaches to hire in the country has gotten so bad that Chiefs are believed to be after their former British mentor Stuart Baxter who has not even yet established his plan at Bafana Bafana since joining from SuperSport United. 
 
If Baxter does make a shocker return to Chiefs, then that would mean that Bafana Bafana will be back to zero with their crucial AFCON 2019 qualifiers set to resume in September as SAFA will have to start looking for a suitable candidate.