It is no secret that Arthur Zwane seems to not enjoy the same backing he had when he was appointed as Kaizer Chiefs coach.
It is also believed that even then, Chiefs had been leaning towards giving the duo of Zwane and Dillon Sheppard some help in the shape of an experienced coach.
This publication also reported last week that their initial choice for that job was a man who was already at the cub. That figure being Molefi Ntseki, who already has a massive role, overseeing everything to do with both the academy and the first team at Chiefs. The former Bafana Bafana mentor reportedly stated that he was happy with his current remit at Naturena and saw more value continuing in that position.
Zwane and Sheppard then went into the season and experienced more than their fair share of hiccups as young Chiefs coaches, which then saw the club’s seemingly reconsider that option. It is also believed that Mangethe, was not receptive to the idea of having to be supported by an experienced coach, and believed in the project that he hand Sheppard had. That, coupled with the results that didn’t go their way got the Soweto giants reportedly consider making a move for Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi.
Mngqithi started the last season as the head coach at Sundowns but after a losing to Orlando Pirates in the MTN 8 semifinal second leg, he was replaced by Rulani Mokwena. Since then, he has cut a rather marginalised figure at Chloorkop. That, together with the dire season Amakhosi had, ramped up rumours that the two were a match made in heaven.
It was initially widely publicised that Mngqithi’s deal at Sundowns was set to expire this June, in what would have made things easier for Chiefs, should they have wanted to make the move for his services. According to his, Mike Makaab, however, that is not the case.
Mngqithi still has another year left at Sundowns
“I’ve said this before, Manqoba is contracted to Mamelodi Sundowns until 30 June 2024, so he has another season at the club, He is happy at Sundowns, and unless there is a change of heart. As it stands, Manqoba will be with Mamelodi Sundowns in the new season.” Said Makaab to SABC Sport.
What is perhaps, more crushing to Chiefs is the part where Mngqithi is believed to be happy at Sundowns with no intention to leave. It is possible to strike agreements between clubs and pay off the remains year on his contract, but if he has no intention to leave then one cannot even begin to negotiate.