The clock is ticking: Kaizer Chiefs face mounting pressure to secure a successor for Cavin Johnson. However, the question remains whether they have the financial capacity to acquire Pitso Mosimane or Benni McCarthy.

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Kaizer Chiefs supporters are holding their breath as the club’s quest for a new coach heats up.

With a decade-long trophy drought, the season seems all but over for Chiefs, who are left with only the hope of securing second place, a daunting task considering the formidable competition.

Nevertheless, Chiefs fans eagerly anticipate how the management, spearheaded by sporting director Kaizer Motaung Jr., will navigate the search for a new coach.

With past appointments like Molefi Ntseki and Arthur Zwane falling short, Chiefs are well aware of the importance of making a significant impact with their next hire. GOAL delves into the potential options available to the Motaung family.


A proven victor in the realm of football



Pitso Mosimane’s potential availability to coach in the PSL has many clubs vying for his expertise. As a three-time Caf Champions League winner, his presence on the touchline would be highly coveted by several teams.


Of these, Kaizer Chiefs would likely be the most eager suitors, especially considering Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates seem content with their current coaching setups under Rhulani Mokwena and Jose Riveiro, respectively.


Currently at the helm of Abha Club in the Saudi Professional League, Mosimane has expressed his openness to joining any team whose vision aligns with his own goals. His transformative tenure at Sundowns, where he revitalized the club from its slumber into the powerhouse it is today, stands as a testament to his capabilities.



Old brooms sweep clean



The adage “Old brooms sweep clean” may need reconsideration in the case of Chiefs. They have the option of reverting to a familiar figure in Stuart Baxter, who happens to be the last coach to bring silverware to Naturena.


With a deep understanding of the club’s culture ingrained in his DNA and a proven blueprint for success, Baxter’s return could spell a winning formula for both parties. Despite a forgettable final stint, Baxter’s history with Chiefs, coupled with his current role at Swedish side Helsingborg, means he wouldn’t be starting from scratch.


Having traversed the lengths and breadths of the PSL, Baxter’s familiarity could be a significant advantage for the Motaungs, providing them with the opportunity to collaborate once again with a figure with whom they’ve previously tasted success.


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Benni McCarthy is on the scene.



Benni McCarthy’s future at Manchester United remains uncertain amid Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s leadership transition, leaving his situation at the club in a 50/50 scenario.


Regardless of his fate at United, McCarthy can be confident of attracting numerous suitors given his esteemed reputation in South African football. With a remarkable playing record, including being Bafana Bafana’s all-time leading goalscorer with 31 goals, and his coaching experience with Cape Town City and AmaZulu, coupled with his role as a mentor for Manchester’s strikers, McCarthy possesses a wealth of expertise that could greatly benefit a team like Chiefs.


Expressing a desire to return to a head coaching role, McCarthy, a UEFA Champions League winner, would undoubtedly be a prized asset for Kaizer Chiefs, and the club’s sporting director should spare no effort in securing his services.



Do they have sufficient funds in reserve?


Determining the financial standing of South African football clubs, particularly regarding player salaries and overall profitability, is a challenging task due to limited transparency.


While Kaizer Chiefs are widely recognized as one of the wealthiest teams in the PSL, the exact extent of their financial resources remains shrouded in mystery. The club’s reluctance to make marquee signings in recent years suggests a cautious approach to spending, raising doubts about their willingness to splurge on high-profile players.


This brings into question whether Chiefs can offer an attractive package to Benni McCarthy and whether they have the financial capacity to secure Pitso Mosimane and his coaching staff. These financial considerations loom large as the club delves deeper into the market in search of a suitable coach.


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Intense pressure situation



Under pressure to make decisive moves, Kaizer Chiefs must undertake substantial groundwork regardless of their coaching appointment. With players’ contracts expiring and potential sales looming, the club faces the imperative of diving into the transfer market to bolster their squad. Therefore, a swift appointment of a new coach is crucial to streamline operations.


The incoming coach must arrive promptly to commence pre-season preparations and acclimate to the team swiftly. This timely integration is essential for seamless transition and optimal performance.




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