- Ex-Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has been roped in by Kaizer Chiefs to head the club’s technical and youth development and legend Rudolph Seale explores the appointment
- Ntseki was unveiled by Chiefs on Monday and his appointment comes after the club decided to sack Gavin Hunt on Friday and Seale has shared his views on the changes
- Seale is also confident that Ntseki can work well with Stuart Baxter should Chiefs eventually hire him, as media reports suggest
- Speaking exclusively to Briefly News, Seale has also praised Hunt, saying a number of factors have affected his performance at Chiefs
Kaizer Chiefs have announced the appointment of former Bafana Bafana Coach Molefi Ntseki to management and legend Rudolph Seale has reacted to the news.
Seale spoke to Briefly News on Tuesday and said he doesn’t regret seeing the seasoned manager at Naturena because he will bring a wealth of experience.
Ntseki has been hired at the back of Gavin Hunt’s axing, but he joins Amakhosi as a technical advisor and head of youth development. However, his appointment has fuelled the rumours that Chiefs are looking to bring former manager Stuart Baxter back to succeed Hunt.
Ntseki previously served at SAFA House under Baxter as his right-hand-man but it remains to be seen if the English tactician will make his return to the Soweto giants.
Ntseki's experience will help Chiefs
Seale told Briefly News:
“I am not disappointed with this appointment and I think Ntseki will bring a wealth of experience to Chiefs. I think he knows everything about our football as a country, especially on the development side of things.
"I still believe in him despite the fact that he lost his job as a national team coach. Let’s just give him the support he needs and I am sure he will succeed at the club.”
On the rumours that Ntseki might reunite with Baxter, the Soweto-based legend has shared his thoughts, saying it’s possible. He added:
“I believe that is possible because they previously worked together at Bafana. They understand each other and that can work in my opinion. Unfortunately things didn’t go well for Gavin. He had so many challenges at the club and that doesn’t mean he’s a bad coach.
“Look, there were injuries, suspensions, there are no fans at the stadium and the support is not really there. The transfer ban and these are the factors that might have led to him struggling to get results at Chiefs.
“I think the struggle to find the balance between the CAF Champions league and in the domestic competitions has also been a major challenge.”
The changes in the technical department at Amakhosi happen at a time when the club is also preparing to face Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League semi-finals.
Hunt is still one of the best coaches
The former SuperSport United defender continued:
“However, Hunt remains a good coach and he has done a tremendous job at Chiefs because he took the club to a top level when it comes to continental football.
“I also think the introduction of Ntseki comes at the right time because he has that continental experience to guide the likes of Dillon [Sheppard] and Arthur [Zwane].
“I just wish his contribution can take the club a step further and continue where Gavin left off. The likes of [Erick[ Mathoho, [Bernard] Parker and [Itumeleng] Khune have worked with Ntseki. These are the senior players that can help the youngsters.
“So, I don’t think he will really struggle to adjust at Chiefs.”
Upcoming fixtures and standings
Looking at the Glamour Boys’ domestic schedule, they are set to welcome third-placed Golden Arrows on Wednesday as they still look to qualify for the MTN8.
Chiefs sit at number 11 with 30 points and will be gunning to bag two victories out of their remaining matches in the DStv Premiership.
Baxter's return a hot topic in the media
Meanwhile, Briefly News reported that Baxter has been named by insiders as the next head coach at Chiefs with Ntseki as his assistant.
According to TimesLIVE, the former Bafana coach will take over at Chiefs. Stuart had previously coached the team in 2015 before parting ways with the club.
Stuart had reportedly asked for Ntseki as his assistant before he returned to the club. The two worked together when Baxter coached the national team from 2017 until 2019, according to IOL.
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