KHU­MALO

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

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.

PHOTO: SA­MUEL SHIVAMBU / BACK­PAGEPIX

AP­PROACHED Steve Kom­phela has been ap­proached to see if he is in­ter­ested

PHOTO: STEVE HAAG / GALLO IMAGES

IN THE PIC­TURE Doc­tor Khu­malo is in the run­ning to be­come Chiefs’ head coach

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