As some Premier Soccer League teams are preparing to resume their pre-season ahead of the 2018/19 season, Kaizer Chiefs are yet to announce a new coach.
Despite dragging their feet in employing Steve Komphela’s successor, time may be running against Chiefs as the season will get underway just after the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
On the other hand, the club is yet to announce whether they are retaining the services of Komphela’s assistant Patrick Mabedi and Arthur Zwane who were roped in as interim coaches after Komphela’s resignation in April.
The Glamour Boys have always been linked with Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael and the likes of Ruud Krol, but football manager Bobby Motaung said they are following all the right steps in appointing the right man for the hot seat.
Speaking exclusively to Goal , former Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns defender Matthew Booth believes a coach is more important than signing new or releasing existing players.
He also said Amakhosi may not be ready to challenge Orlando Pirates and his former side next season because they have no coach as yet to prepare the current team which might work against them.
“Yeah I would be more concerned if I was a Chiefs fan because they haven’t had a coach for some time,” Booth told Goal .
“I wouldn’t be worried about player movements because the first priority is the coach,” said the former Ajax Cape Town centre-back.
“Nobody knows if they are sticking with Patrick, I don’t know, but you would want a statement soon with what is happening with the coach,” he continued.
“Look, we cannot say whether a local or a foreigner will be good for the club, but the biggest disappointment under Komphela is that Chiefs have not won a trophy,” he reacted.
“I am sure that will possibly push the club to look beyond the borders because we all know many people were not convinced with the club appointing a local coach,” he asserted.
With the Soweto giants ready to find and replace Brilliant Khuzwayo who has already said his goodbyes, Booth reckons that Jody February could be a great signing.
Chiefs have been rumoured to be targeting the Ajax Cape Town keeper to join Itumeleng Khune, Bruce Bvuma, Brylon Petersen in the goalkeeping department.
“I think with Khuzwayo leaving, they must bring a good and a young second choice keeper, they have Bvuma and he will have to prove his worth,” he added.
“If Jody joins Chiefs, that will be a great signing definitely, but it all depend on how they train because it’s not about experience,” he reckoned.
“Yes Jody will be ahead of Bvuma experience wise, but Khune will remain the club’s No.1 and the two keepers must really work hard,” said the former Cape Town Spurs player.
“I think they will fight to provide competition for Khune and it that will go down to how they train and their mindset and so on,” added the ex-footballer turned pundit.
“As it stands, with the players they have, I don’t see Chiefs competing against Sundowns and Pirates unless they can get a coach who will be aggressive in the market and someone who really knows his job - as it stands, I don’t see them doing well next season,” concluded Booth