Kaizer Chiefs Da Cruz Gabriel

Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhães in the English Premier League. Image: @biel_m04/X

Incoming Kaizer Chiefs coach developed R610 million Arsenal star 

It’s been such an exciting week for Kaizer Chiefs supporters. Incoming assistant coach Fernando Da Cruz has some special history to share.

Kaizer Chiefs Da Cruz Gabriel

Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhães in the English Premier League. Image: @biel_m04/X

Good news for Kaizer Chiefs young players and supporters: the incoming assistant coach Fernando Da Cruz is an development expert who has worked with players like Gabriel Magalhães of Arsenal.

KAIZER CHIEFS TO ANNOUNCE FERNANDO DA CRUZ

According to well-established sources, Amakhosi will welcome the 51-year-old Frenchman Fernando Da Cruz at Naturena as an assistant coach this weekend. The former AS FAR head coach is set to be Nasreddine Nabi’s number two.

YOUTH EXPERT

Looking at Da Cruz’s CV, Kaizer Chiefs youngsters such as Mduduzi Shabalala, Samkelo Zwane, Donay Jansen, Mfundo Vilakazi and Wandile Duba will benefit. Da Cruz is quite the youth expert.

Having worked at France’s Lille as an Academy Manager, Scout, under 19 coach, and first team caretaker coach, Da Cruz mouled Arsenal and Brazil’s Gabriel Magalhães before giving him reserve team debut at the age of 20 in August 2018. The center back went on to play in Lig 1 before making a £27m (R610 million) move from Lille to Arsenal in 2020.

DA CRUZ COACHING HISTORY

  • Wasquehal (France) – Assistant Manager
  • Lille (France) – Scout
  • Lille (France) – U19 Manager
  • Mouscron (Belgium) – Assistant Manager
  • Lille (France) – Academy Manager
  • Lille (France) – Reserve Team Manager
  • AS Rabat (Morocco) – Technical Director
  • AS Rabat (Morocco) – Coach.

KAIZER CHIEFS’ RESERVE TEAM PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

  • Siphesihle Tati – Midfielder
  • Neo Bohloko – Striker
  • Ntandoyenkosi Nkosi – Midfielder
  • Kgaugelo Ramushu – Midfielder
  • Jeremiah Thanyane – Left-Back
  • Naledi Hlongwane – Forward
  • Khulumani Ndamane – Central Defender.

SEKHUKHUNE UNITED TO SIGN NJABULO NGCOBO

The central defender from Folweni, KwaZulu Natal still belongs to Amakhosi, but only until the 30th of this month. As his agent previously warned, Kaizer Chiefs were silent for too long regarding Ngcobo’s possible new contract. According to new reports, the former Uthongathi and Moroka Swallows star is set to sign for Babina Noko as a free agent.

“Kaizer Chiefs defender Njabulo Ngcobo is in line for a move to Sekukhune United ahead of the new season,” iDiski Times’ Lorenz Kohler reported.

“It appears he will now be allowed to leave the club after the expiry of his three-year deal, as Sekhukhune agreed personal terms with the player.

iDiski Times understands Ngcobo is keen on the move to earn more regular game-time but the players were asked for patience as Chiefs look to secure their new head coach, as reported by this publication.

“However, with Ngcobo available as a free agent from 1 July, his time at Naturena will come to an end and line up for Babina Noko next season,” the report concluded.