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Kaizer Chiefs coach: Contenders and pretenders - Ranking Baxter’s possible successors

4:24 PM MYT 24/02/2022
Adel Amrouche, Botswana coach, 2019
GOAL looks at some of the contenders who could potentially replace Baxter, should Amakhosi decide to part ways with the former Bafana Bafana head coach

With another trophyless season for Kaizer Chiefs, the pressure will be mounting on head coach Stuart Baxter.

  • Eric Tinkler, head coach of Cape Town City.

    1. Eric Tinkler

    The current Cape Town City boss has experience coaching one of the Soweto giants, having enjoyed mixed success during his time in charge of Orlando Pirates. He didn't win trophies with Bucs but was unlucky to lose in the Caf Confederation Cup final.

    Tinkler has huge experience in the PSL, having also coached at SuperSport (where he won the MTN8), Chippa United and Maritzburg United, whom he helped escape relegation. The former Bafana Bafana midfielder has the temperament and the ability to coach a club like Chiefs.

  • Stuart Baxter Arthur Zwane Kaizer Chiefs

    2. Arthur Zwane

    Zwane is favourite among many Chiefs fans to take over, having done well in the interim spells he has had in charge. The former Amakhosi winger seems to tick a lot of the right boxes, but it would still be a risky move in that he has practically no PSL experience as a head coach. Not to say that he couldn't do a great job, but it might just be a little early in his coaching career.

  • Adel Amrouche.

    3. Adel Amrouche

    The 53-year-old current Botswana coach has been strongly linked to Chiefs before. The Algerian has the aura, as well as the African experience, having coached the national teams of Libya, Kenya, Burundi and Equatorial Guinea.

  • Cavin Johnson, AmaZulu FC

    4. Cavin Johnson

    Back in the country after a spell as Al Ahly assistant head coach, the ex-Platinum Stars, AmaZulu, SuperSport United and Safa School of Excellence coach knows South African football like few others do.

  • Ruud Krol

    5. Ruud Krol

    The former Dutch skipper had great success while coaching Orlando Pirates a decade back - he won the league championship, the Nedbank Cup, the MTN 8 and two Telkom charity cups.

    Krol has good knowledge of South African football culture, even if the teams have changed a lot since he last coached in the PSL.

    Currently with Kuwait SC, he's coached some of North Africa's biggest clubs (Espérance de Tunis, CS Sfaxien, Zamalek, Raja Club Athletic) and has all the credentials Amakhosi could hope for.

  • AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy.

    6. Benni McCarthy

    McCarthy started his managerial career strongly with Cape Town City and has since done outstandingly with AmaZulu, taking the Durban club into the group phase of the Caf Champions League after finishing second in the league last term.

    He's also been touted to one day coach at the team where he ended his playing career, Orlando Pirates, but if Bucs take too long, Amakhosi could jump the queue and take a chance on the charismatic McCarthy.

  • Molefi Ntseki Bernard Parker and Stuart Baxter

    7. Molefi Ntseki

    The former Bafana Bafana head coach is currently the Amakhosi technical director. He would therefore be able to make a seamless transition to the position of head coach. After a disappointing stint in charge of the national team, Ntseki may be tempted with another opportunity to take the hot-seat and show that he has what it takes.

  • Orlando Pirates head coach Muhsin Ertugral

    8. Muhsin Ertugral

    Reportedly currently in Cape Town and available after ending his role as Turkish technical director, the vastly experienced coach would be able to slot right in at Chiefs, having had two previous spells with the Glamour Boys.

  • Pitso Mosimane, Al Ahly, February 2022

    9. Pitso Mosimane

    Mosimane is yet to sign a contract extension with Al Ahly, although there's no reason to believe he won't. One can imagine the challenge of coaching a team like Chiefs, and the prestige it would bring should he be successful with the struggling Soweto giants, would appeal to Mosimane.

    Such a situation may only materialise in years to come as it's likely for now that Mosimane will stay at Al Ahly, while he may also be looking at other international opportunities in the next few years.

    A tempting offer from Chiefs could make him think though.

  • Herve Renard Ivory Coast Afcon

    10. Herve Renard

    The Frenchman would certainly be the kind of statement of intent Chiefs could do with. Perhaps he could be tempted by the club's rich history and fanatical following.

    Amakhosi however are not known for splashing huge cash and the Afcon-winner would not come cheap. Currently busy with Saudi Arabia in the World Cup qualifiers, the timing for Chiefs might only be right should he fail to qualify his team for Qatar. A long shot in any case.