Kaizer Chiefs Motaung Coach

Kaizer Chiefs Sporting Director, Kaizer Motaung Jr, and the club’s Football Manager, Bobby Motaung. Image: BackpagePix.

Is the next Kaizer Chiefs coach South African?

Kaizer Chiefs have made a big player announcement before confirming the upcoming new head coach for next season.

Kaizer Chiefs Motaung Coach

Kaizer Chiefs Sporting Director, Kaizer Motaung Jr, and the club’s Football Manager, Bobby Motaung. Image: BackpagePix.

Kaizer Chiefs surprised supporters on Wednesday with the Mfundo Vilakazi announcement. Logic suggests that the upcoming new coach knows the youngster.


Deciding and announcing player contract deals is not sensible when a new coach is yet to arrive. Amakhosi are one club that should have learned that in the past few seasons. While the 18-year-old Vilakazi signed a four-year contract, Kaizer Chiefs have most likely taken the decision after consulting the next coach. Looking at the list of coach candidates, the likes of Jose Peseiro, Vanderlei Luxemburgo and Alexandre Gallo have very little chance of knowing Vilakazi.

This leaves Pitso Mosimane and Benni McCarthy as the remaining candidates who have been linked with Kaizer Chiefs – two names that should know about Vilakazi or similar profiles.

For now, the club’s supporters have to wait for the technical announcements, as confirmed by the Sporting Director, Kaizer Motaung Jr, last week.


“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.”’

What do you think of Vilakazi as a future Kaizer Chiefs superstar? Let us know in the comments section below.

Meanwhile, Amakhosi are focused on the late Luke Fleurs’ funeral on Saturday in Mitchells Plain before travelling to the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban to face Richards Bay on Sunday.