Kaizer Chiefs have not ruled out the possibility of appointing Doctor Khumalo as their new head coach. The club is searching for Stuart Baxter’s successor and has been inundated with calls from wannabe mentors from all over the world.
Baxter, who won two league titles and two cup competitions in his three-year spell at Amakhosi, has already signed a contract with Turkish side Gençlerbirliği.
Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung said they had received more than 30 CVs since they announced Baxter’s departure last week.
Although he refused to divulge the names of the applicants, Motaung said some were high-profile coaches, including former Orlando Pirates mentor Ruud Krol and Maritzburg United coach Steve Komphela.
Krol is now out of contention after he signed a two-year deal with Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca on Friday.
Asked if Khumalo was also in the picture, Motaung said the club had a plan for the former Bafana Bafana midfielder.
“We have plans for Doctor, and he won’t be lost to the team. We value his contribution to the side, and he will continue to be part and parcel of the club. But we will reveal all our plans as soon as we are ready and have finalised everything. We appeal to people to stop speculating and wait for the official announcement from the club,” said Motaung.
Khumalo has been with the club since he hung up his soccer boots in 2004. Some supporters have been calling for him to be given the chance to lead the team. Some of the coaches he has worked with include Baxter, Muhsin Ertugral and Vladimir Vermezović. Khumalo also co-coached with Donald “Ace” Khuse.
Motaung said they would go through all the applications this weekend and compile a short list.
“We are not in a hurry and are busy behind the scenes. We will sift through all the CVs at the weekend and see how far we can go.”
Komphela’s agent, Tim Sukazi, confirmed that Chiefs had approached him to enquire about his client’s availability.
“[Chiefs] made it clear that they have received many CVs from high-profile coaches in Europe, but chose not to overlook what the local market could offer in the form of a coach because they are now getting closer to making a decision,” said Sukazi.
He said he had already alerted Komphela’s employers – United – about Chiefs’ interest.
“They have asked me to revert in writing, which I will do as soon as I have met with Steve.
“We need to make a thorough consideration of this opportunity. But I must add that, as a person who sits in an advisory capacity to Steve, I should honestly state that coaching Chiefs is a massive opportunity that any young and ambitious coach will be hard-pressed to decline,” said Sukazi.
Chiefs have called a press conference for Wednesday, where they are likely to unveil former Free State Stars defender Daniel Cardoso as their new signing.
Amakhosi players are expected back on Thursday to start with their preseason programme.
APPROACHED Steve Komphela has been approached to see if he is interested
IN THE PICTURE Doctor Khumalo is in the running to become Chiefs’ head coach