Neil Tovey: Kaizer Chiefs need a coach who understands the club

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The former Amakhosi skipper is concerned about whether or not the new players will suit the club’s philosophy

Former Bafana Bafana skipper Neil Tovey believes Kaizer Chiefs will need a coach who will not waste time in bringing glory back to Naturena.

The former Amakhosi skipper expressed concerns as the club is yet to appoint a coach ahead of the 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.

‘Mokoko’, who is now working as technical director of the South African Football Association (Safa), says the new coach must be fully aware of the club’s culture.

He said the Soweto giants have a rich history and a new manager must come in and hit the ground running.

Chiefs parted ways with coach Steve Komphela in April and it is now three months that they have gone without appointing a new coach, having failed to secure the services of ex-Ghana coach Avram Grant and Free State Stars Luc Eymael.

Moreover, reports in Botswana suggest that Township Rollers coach Nikola Kavazovic travelled to Johannesburg on Tuesday and failed to report to training on Wednesday.

Speculation remains rife that he could be on his way to Naturena to conclude the negotiations with Amakhosi.

Speaking during the SAB U21 League draw in Durban this week, the 1996 Caf African Cup of Nations winning captain said he is not sure if Chiefs new signings will suit the club’s style of play.

Chiefs have already signed ex-Mamelodi Sundowns striker Khama Billiat on a free transfer, Madagascar international 'Dax' and Lethlogonolo Mirwa from Buya Msuthu in the ABC Motsepe League among others.

“Chiefs’ new coach must be someone who will learn quickly and get results with speed because the supporters are not happy,” Tovey told Isolezwe.

“The other thing I have noticed is the fact that the new coach must be someone who knows the culture and the style of the club,” he added.

“Chiefs are not an ordinary club, this is a club that breaks records and makes history in terms of winning trophies so the new coach will be under pressure to bring glory back to the club,” continued the ex-Sundowns mentor.

“It’s good to sign players, but the question is, will they fit the club’s system and style of play?,” said the former AmaZulu coach.

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“Will they be mentally fit to stand the pressure of playing for a club as big as Chiefs - these are all the things a new coach must work on before the start of the new season,” concluded Tovey.

Meanwhile, Chiefs are set to participate at the Maize Cup pre-season tournament this weekend and will face Mirwa’s former club, Buya Msuthu at James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney.

Interim coaches Patrick Mabedi and Arthur Zwane are expected to lead the side as they hope to retain the Maize Cup trophy on Saturday.

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