‘Do the right thing this time’: Ex-Chiefs striker offers club advice regarding Nabi’s takeover

A former Kaizer Chiefs striker has offered advice to the club's management ahead of the arrival of their new head coach, Nasreddine Nabi.

The Tunisian coach is set to depart AS FAR and take control at Amakhosi, replacing Molefi Ntseki who was sacked last year in October due to poor results early in the 2023/24 season.

Some members of Nabi's technical team, including the assistant coach Fernando Da Cruz, have already arrived in South Africa to begin preparations for pre-season.

Meanwhile, Nabi will lead AS FAR in his final match with the club as they play the Throne Cup final. Their opponents will be determined after the second semifinal between Raja Casablanca and Mouloudia Oujda.

Former Chiefs center forward, Edward Manqele has urged the Soweto giants to grant Nabi full control, including player recruitment and the authority to release players that he doesn’t want in his team.

EDWARD MANQELE SAYS KAIZER CHIEFS SHOULD GRANT NABI FULL CONTROL

“I think management should do the right thing this time when it comes to appointing a coach and giving him the power to recruit the players he needs and wants,” Manqele told Soccer Laduma.

“It good to appoint a coach then let him decide which players he wants to use and sign. Obviously he will also decide which ones to release because as a manager you can't renew a players contract then a coach comes and tells you he won't use the player. 

“So what's going to happen to that player after that? So they should wait for the coach and then talk about player movements after that.”

Manqele believes a small, manageable squad is key for Nabi to restore glory days at Chiefs rather than big squad with some unhappy players.

‘THE NEW COACH SHOULD DECIDE ON THAT’

“It's also good not to have too big squad which will go out of control because players are not happy.

“It's important to have a manageable squad with a few important players who will support each other all the time than having a big squad with mostly unhappy players. 

“So the new coach should decide on that and the players he wants in the team and the club will have a wonderful season and bring back the glory days and win silverware for the club and the supporters as well,” he added.

Following the end of the 2023/24 season, there hasn’t been any player movements at Chiefs. While they have been linked with several players, they also have some squad members who could leave after the end of contracts.

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