Kaizer Chiefs target 3 Champions League coaches

Kaizer Chiefs previously made their intentions clear: CAF Champions League football is where Amakhosi want to return. Looking at the club’s reported coaching targets, the African dream is aligning.

KAIZER CHIEFS TARGET THREE COACHES WITH CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PEDIGREE

According to FARPost‘s latest report on Kaizer Chiefs’ coaching targets, three of the candidates were in this season’s CAF Champions League quarterfinals. The names are Julien Chevalier, Miguel Gamondi and Alexandre Santos.

Chevalier took a young ASEC Mimosas side to the CAFCL final eight before losing to 4-2 on penalties to Tunisian giants Esperance. Gamondi’s Young Africans were here in Tshwane a few weeks ago and lost 3-2 on penalties to Mamelodi Sundowns. Santos’ Petro lost 2-1 to Congolese giants TP Mazembe.

Full list of Kaizer Chiefs coaching candidates for next season, in certain order:

Rui Victoria

Pitso Mosimane

Jose Pesiero

Alexandre Santos

Julien Chevalier

Alexandre Gallo

Vanderlei Luxemburgo

Benni McCarthy

Raul Caneda

Manqoba Mngqithi

Miguel Gamondi.

AMAKHOSI ANNOUNCE MFUNDO VILAKAZI DEAL

Staying with Kaizer Chiefs, the Soweto giants announced the signing of the 18-year-old Vilakazi. The midfielder/winger known as ‘Obrigado,’ started to train with the first team in January before making his debut in February against Milford FC in the Nedbank Cup.

Kaizer Chiefs now officially announced that the Soweto-born youngster has signed his first professional contract until 2028.

Full statement:

“Kaizer Chiefs have handed teenage sensation, Mfundo Vilakazi, a contract extension that will see him stay at Naturena until June 2028.

“Vilakazi arrived at Chiefs’ Youth Development Academy in 2021, initially playing for the under-17 team, before being promoted to the reserve team, where he shone for two seasons.

“The naturally gifted 18-year-old started training with the senior squad earlier this season and was included in the team shortly afterwards, much to the delight of many Kaizer Chiefs fans.

“He has made the match day squad on six occasions, appearing twice from the bench, in the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates and then in the Nedbank Cup Round of 32 match.

“The Soweto-born attacking midfielder expressed his delight at signing this contract, saying: ‘“I’m happy and excited to have a contract with a big Club like Chiefs. It has always been my dream from a young age to play for the senior team and represent Kaizer Chiefs. I am looking forward to contributing to the Club and paying back the management for believing in my talent. I thank all the supporters who always push me to do better, I promise not to disappoint.”’

“Kaizer Chiefs Sporting Director Kaizer Motaung Jr. expressed his excitement about this development by saying: ‘“We are very excited to be able to conclude this contract extension. Mfundo is an exceptional talent and we are looking forward to seeing him showcase his God-given technical ability with the senior team for many years to come. It’s now all about the hard work for the young man and we know he will do his best.

“Mfundo’s promotion is a testament to the great work in our development structures. We have built an environment that is conducive to producing talent for the senior team, which is fundamental to the ethos of Kaizer Chiefs. We have some hard-working people – from under-13 to the reserve side – who do not focus purely on winning but mainly on producing top footballers for the senior team.”’