Kaizer Chiefs Nabi move

Tunisian coach Nasreddine Nabi. Image: @SAFootballClassics/X

Kaizer Chiefs get their man: Two key terms met for Nabi signing!

Kaizer Chiefs could finally be ready to land a ‘big fish’ in highly regarded coach Nasreddine Nabi, but it will require a big cash outlay.

Kaizer Chiefs Nabi move

Tunisian coach Nasreddine Nabi. Image: @SAFootballClassics/X

As widely reported on TheSouthAfrican, long-time target Nasreddine Nabi is poised to become the new coach at Kaizer Chiefs after a lengthy negotiation.

Initially, Alexandre Santos was seen as the frontrunner, but as first reported by SABC Sport, Nabi recently became ‘overwhelming favourite for the hot seat’.

However, there were two key elements that had to be agreed upon.

For one, Nabi remained contracted until June 2025 with current club AS FAR in Morocco, and as a result Kaizer Chiefs needed to secure an early release, and fork out compensation.

On this point there is some noteworthy news as reliable source Unplayable reports that Nabi “will be allowed to leave Moroccan club AS FAR after their cup semi-final against MAS Fes on 23 June.”

In addition, the Tunisian coach has apparently also been granted permission to assemble his own support staff, and this too will require a significant financial investment in order to support his preferred management group.

All in all, it will be interesting to see how much Chiefs ultimately have to fork out to secure the services of Nabi and his team, as well as how it might affect current members of the coaching group.

It all comes at a time when other reports have highlighted how Manqoba Mngqithi – who was previously linked with Chiefs – is now set to sign a contract extension with Mamelodi Sundowns.


Several names such as Pitso Mosimane, Mngqithi and even Benni McCarthy have been linked to the Chiefs coaching gig, but what’s clear is that the club bosses realise that this is not a one-man job.

“The wheels have been in motion for quite a while now. We’re also not just looking at it as if it’s a one-man coach; we’re looking at it in terms of what we need and we’ll be making all the changes we need to make that are going to take us in the direction we need to go in,” Motaung Jnr commented earlier this year.

“For us [Kaizer Chiefs] to achieve what we want to achieve is not just going to take one person (a head coach) or technical staff, it is going to take a lot of people, structures and elements that need to work, that haven’t been working for many years.

“We are very much cognisant of what needs to be done and what we have not got right in the past. We are focused on the future and want to make sure we make the right decisions,” he added.


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