Former Pirates striker recommends local coach for Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates striker Pollen Ndlanya says Amakhosi need to give another local coach a chance.

After Steve Komphela’s resignation as Kaizer Chiefs coach, Ndlanya has tipped Dan Malesela to take over from Komphela.

“They should not use Steve’s tenure as a benchmark for local coaches. They let him down. Many people will not agree with me, but Chiefs need a local coach who understands the culture, philosophy and mentality of our players,” Ndlanya told City Press.

“We must groom our own, empower them and give them the same kind of support we give to foreign coaches. Someone like Dan [Malesela] can do a good job. He has already proven himself with little resources,” he said.

“Steve did nothing wrong. What was he supposed to do when players missed glorious chances like they did against Stars? Was he supposed to get on the field to convert those chances? There is no quality, and that’s where they need to start,” added Ndlanya.

“As long as they still have the same players, nothing is going to change, but it starts at the top. Who is recruiting for them? Are these the right kind of players? Not everyone who kicks a ball can play for Chiefs. You need to get players who will make the difference and stand up and be counted,” said Ndlanya.

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