Kaizer Chiefs set to reward Donay Jansen with new long-term deal? Image: SABC Sport

Kaizer Chiefs set to reward Donay Jansen with a new long-term deal? Image: SABC Sport

Kaizer Chiefs manager search: Everything we know so far

Two men have reportedly already ruled themselves out of the running.

Kaizer Chiefs set to reward Donay Jansen with new long-term deal? Image: SABC Sport

Kaizer Chiefs set to reward Donay Jansen with a new long-term deal? Image: SABC Sport

The Kaizer Chiefs manager search is ongoing. Here’s what we know so far including candidates, availability and more.


Kaizer Chiefs manager search: Everything we know so far

Pitso Mosimane the Kaizer Chiefs pipe dream

After having his Al Wahda contract ripped up after just 10 games, Pitso focused on family during Christmas 2023. He also discussed his short-term ambitions at the tail-end of what was an eventful year for Jingles:

“To be honest, there is interest in me now and in a totally different space that you and I could ever think of – Asia, not the Gulf,” he stated.

“So there has been interest. And there’s been an interesting one also from North America. And why not? Why not go to North America, why not go to Japan, China, those places, because for us, it is also our legacy.

“So if you can get a project that’s interesting in the Gulf, just for example, and a similar project in Asia, probably I would go to Asia, just to go see.

“But on that one, national teams, I don’t have a problem to be back in the continent but club-wise no.

Let’s rule Jingles out, shall we? It’s a pipe dream anyway.

Kaizer Chiefs Pitso Mosimane
Pitso Mosimane is a dream for Kaizer Chiefs. Image: abhaclubENG/X.

Vanderlei Luxemburgo prefers Chile to Chiefs

Vastly experienced Brazilian boss Vanderlei Luxemburgo left Brazilian giants Corinthians in September last year. According to the latest rumours, the 71-year-old former Real Madrid boss has his heart set on a move to Chile with Club Deportivo Tricolor. Luxemburgo, a veteran of the Brazilian scene, led the national team to Copa America glory in 1999. Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and Cafu were just a few of the illustrious names in that squad.


Manqoba Mngqithi staying put with the champions

Mngqithi’s agent Mike Makaab has said that his client is negotiating a new deal with Sundowns, and is happy to remain there as their assistant coach. It seems that both Luxemburgo and Mngqithi have ruled themselves out of the running.

“Manqoba is happy at the club, we’ve said this all along. Now it just depends on us agreeing with the football club to extend his contract,” he told Gagasi FM only last month.

Kaizer Chiefs Manqoba Mngqithi
Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi sits on the bench at the Loftus Versveld. Image: BackpagePix.

Nasreddine Nabi seems like the smartest tactical choice

The Tunisian tactician was close to making the Naturena switch but his conditions and demands scuppered a deal. However, the Amakhosi board have since relaxed some of the criteria involved. Critically, they’ll allow Nabi to bring his own technical staff, if he signs on the dotted line. Could he be the leading candidate?

Nabi steered his old side Yanga SC, astonishingly, to back-to-back trebles. The 58-year-old is no stranger to success. He’s in pole position to claim another league title this term, with Botola Pro 1 side FAR Rabat in Morocco. His team currently leads the way with 61 points after 25 rounds, four points ahead of nearest challenger Raja Casablanca. With just six league encounters left, Nabi is odds-on to claim another domestic crown.

Kaizer Chiefs coach Nabi
Nasreddine Nabi celebrates the Tanzania Premier League at Young Africans. Image: @kappilinho/ X.

Lehlohonolo Seema is a legit contender

Call him the wildcard option. Look at Sekhukhune’s form in 2024 and you’ll know this guy means business.

Lehlohonolo Seems hasn’t had the glitziest jobs, but he’s built up an impressive body of work across South Africa’s football pyramid. He’s enjoyed various roles at the now-defunct Bloem Celtic, the caretaker manager tole at Black Leopards and then head coaching jobs at Chippa, Golden Arrows and Polokwane City. Sekhukhune hired Seema in November 2023. In just four months, he’s overseen nine league matches. He’s won five of those, with three draws and one defeat. This is a SERIOUS football team.

Sekhukhune news Seema
Sekhukhune United unveil Lehlohonolo Seema. Image: @SekhukhuneFc/X

Who’s your pick for the job? Is it any of these men or somebody else? Let us know in the comments.

CLICK TO READ MORE ARTICLES BY FOOTBALL FANATIC JAMES FREEMANTLE.

Also, follow The South African on X for up-to-the-minute news updates.