Kaizer Chiefs legend Donald ‘Ace’ Khuse says he is ready to lead the club as a coach if the management happens to consider him for the role.
The former midfielder believes local Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs must adopt the trend of employing legends as coaches just like their European counterparts.
Although Khuse says not every legend is capable of coaching, he emphasised that they also deserve a fair chance.
Khuse was speaking as Amakhosi are yet to find a new coach despite a number of names being thrown into the mix.
Chiefs remain coachless following the resignation of Steve Komphela, who left in April this year ending an unprecedented three-year trophy drought for the club.
In the past few weeks, Bafana Bafana coach and ex-Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has been strongly linked with the job, joining the likes of Free State Stars’ Luc Eymael and former Ghana coach Avram Grant.
However, with the Israeli having been linked with a job as technical director in Greece for Panathinaikos and Eymeal returning to E Lla Koto, Chiefs chances of gettng either coach look slim.
Moreover, their only hope could be to rope in Baxter, but he remains contracted to the South African Football Association (Safa).
Following Komphela’s departure, Patrick Mabedi and Arthur Zwane were handed the reigns on an interim basis and they are leading their pre-season preparations ahead of the new season.
However, Khuse has indicated his readiness in taking the hot seat, saying people must not judge Komphela’s failures and think another legend is bound to fail.
“They can’t say because Steve failed, I will also fail. Steve tried his best, and it didn’t work out,” Khuse told IOL.
“Let them give me a chance and see whether I will fail or not. They are doing the same with overseas coaches. An overseas coach gets given a job and fails, but he will go for another one and get it,” continued the Chiefs development coach.
“They [club bosses] must apply the same for local coaches. I haven’t applied for the job. I can’t apply,” he explained.
“If they feel I can do the job, they must appoint me. I know what is expected at Chiefs. I’ve been here for a while,” he added.
“Local coaches must be given time and a fair chance. They must be supported, and our football will get better if more local coaches are given opportunities,” urged the legend.
“The legends are neglected. I’m not saying everyone who is a legend must be given an opportunity to coach, but those who have acquired their coaching badges need a chance. These people know the game,” concluded the former Bafana midfielder.