By Isaac Ndou
JOHANNESBURG: With only about three weeks left to the 2018/2019 Absa Premiership season to kickoff, Kaizer Chiefs are yet to announce their new coach.
Chiefs could be regarded as a broken team that would have needed a lot of time between their players and their coach to try out new things before the new season commences, but the unavailability of a coach could simply mean that there is no progress in their restructuring.
Patrick Mabedi who took over the reigns temporarily after Steve Komphela left the club is the man with the team in pre-season. The club has made it public that they are still in search of a reputable coach, meaning Mabedi will not be getting the hot seat at Naturena.
When their new coach arrives – whenever that is – he will have a tough job of getting to know the players and try to get his messages. He will also try to reveal his plans for the upcoming season with so much little time left before the season gets underway.
The crisis at the club has seen them fail to get any silverware for the past three years under Komphela may continue. Chiefs need to start building a team for next season with a man who will come and be expected to win trophies right away.
Beyond that, Amakhosi has not recruited reputable players in their quest to rebuild the club simply because they do not have a coach who is able to give them direction on whom to buy.
Amakhosi were linked with Belgian coach Luc Eymael of Free State Stars even before the end of last season but nothing materialized from those links. They are now heavily linked with their former coach and current Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter.