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Fadlu Davids, former assistant coach of Orlando Pirates with Josef Zinnbauer.©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Nabi’s playing style similar to Middendorp, says ex-Pirates coach

Nabi’s playing style is similar to the Middendorp style during the season where Chiefs missed out on winning the league, says Fadlu Davids.

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Fadlu Davids, former assistant coach of Orlando Pirates with Josef Zinnbauer.©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Former Orlando Pirates assistant coach Fadlu Davids has likened Nasreddine Nabi’s style of play to that of Ernst Middendorp.

Nabi has been heavily linked with the vacant head coaching position at Kaizer Chiefs. The 58-year-old Tunisian is expected to fly to South Africa in the next week or two to start his tenure at Amakhosi. Not much is known about Nabi or his style of play but many local football fans might know him as Young Africans coach. During his time with Yanga, he won back-to-back league titles with the Tanzanian giants.

Davids says likens Nabi style to Middendorp

Nabi is still wrapping up in Morocco where he is in charge of AS FAR until their cup clash this month. Fadlu David also coaches in the same league as Nabi. The former Maritzburg United coach now serves as assistant coach of Raja Casablanca under Josef Zinnbauer.

Speaking about Nabi, the South African coach said his style was similar to former Kaizer Chiefs mentor Ernst Middendorp.

“His teams are more direct in terms of going forward and scoring goals,” Davids said as per The Citizen

“They were the highest scoring team in the league but most of their goals came through set pieces and penalties.

“They were a little bit more direct in their approach compared to our style that we played this season but very effective in getting the results. You can expect a team that moves forward and scores goals.”

“On set pieces, they will be a big threat. I think it is(Nabi stye) similar to the Middendorp style during the season where they (Chiefs) missed out on winning the league (Chiefs lost out to Sundowns on the last day of the season). They scored a lot of goals through set pieces and I think you will see a similar type of football that is result-driven by scoring a lot of goals and winning matches,” Davids added.

If Nabi’s style of play is similar to that of Middendorp, it might be another long season for Kaizer Chiefs.