Reports: Kaizer Chiefs target FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza

Reports in Zimbabwe suggest that the Soweto giants have made enquiries about the availability of the ex-Warriors international

As Kaizer Chiefs continue to search for a new coach, reports have now emerged suggesting that Amakhosi are courting FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza.

According to media reports in Zimbabwe, the Soweto giants are keen in landing the former Warriors international.

Chiefs are looking for Steve Komphela’s successor who resigned in April after their 2-0 loss to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final.

Following that defeat to Ea Lla Koto, the Soweto giants roped in Patrick Mabedi and Arthur Zwane to hold the fort until the end of the 2017/18 PSL term.

However, with the 2018/19 PSL season set to get underway in less than a month, Chiefs are in a race against time to announce a new boss.

Mabedi and Zwane are currently tasked with overseeing Chiefs' pre-season preparations as they will also participate at the Maize Cup in the North West province this Saturday.

Moreover, they will also face rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in the inaugural Shell Helix Cup at the FNB Stadium on Saturday July 21.

With Mapeza’s success at FC Platinum since taking over in 2014, the Amakhosi hierarchy were reportedly impressed and made a number of attempts to sign the 46-year-old.

Mapeza was roped in by Platinum to stabilise the club following a difficult start under former coach, Lloyd Mutasa.

Following a number of attempts, he managed to lead the Zvishavane side to league glory last season when he led Platinum to their maiden league title.

According to The Daily News website, Chiefs have since enquired about Mapeza’s availability, but were turned down by the reigning Zimbabwean champions.

“FC Platinum are aware that there is interest from South African clubs but are not yet ready to release the coach since he has a running contract,” a source told The Daily News .

Kaizer Chiefs were really interested and made some enquiries but were turned away. In fact it is not Chiefs alone, there were a number of other South African clubs that also showed some interest but nothing materialised,” added the informer.

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On the other hand, the club’s communications manager Chido Chizondo downplayed the interest in the coach.

“We are not aware of that. No one has approached us as yet. We have a contract with Mapeza and he will be our coach for the next two years,” said Chizondo.

Names such as ex-Ghana coach Avram Grant, Luc Eymael of Free State Stars, Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter and Township Rollers’ Nikola Kavazovic have all been linked with the vacant coaching job at Naturena.