Pitso Mosimane tells Kaizer Chiefs what they must do to challenge Orlando Pirates & Mamelodi Sundowns

‘Jingles’ has provided the success formula for Amakhosi after their disappointing season

Pitso Mosimane has urged Kaizer Chiefs to ensure their recruitment is on point if they have to return to the top of South African football.

Chiefs are just from their worst season after a 10th place finish in the PSL which saw them miss out yet again on continental football.

The club hit a new low under Molefi Ntseki, and later Calvin Johnson, winning just nine while losing 12 of their 30 league matches, to end the season with 36 points, half of what champions Mamelodi Sundowns achieved.

It was a season to forget and Chiefs have decided to break the bank and bring in successful Tunisian coach Nasreddine Nabi, alongside his backroom staff, in a bid to revive their fortunes and there are plans to overhaul the squad once the new tactician is installed.

‘You can’t win games if you don’t have good players’

However, Mosimane is warning Chiefs against a scattergun approach in the transfer market, urging them to bring in quality players if they want success.

“We are talking about Kaizer Chiefs. Do you know the history of Kaizer Chiefs? They’ve always had the best players ever. We are not talking about a Maritzburg United to turn things around. We are talking about Chiefs,” Mosimane said on Sports Night Amplified with Andile.

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“The best players played for Chiefs. You can’t win games if you don’t have good players. How does Manchester City turn around things, because Pep Guardiola is a magician? He’s got [Erling] Haaland and all these top players.”

Mosimane won five PSL titles while Chiefs’ last trophy was in 2015

The former Al Ahly coach used his stint at Mamelodi Sundowns as an example, saying he succeeded because the club kept investing big in the squad, something that is still happening now and has kept them at the top of South African football.

“Also, with me at Sundowns to turn it around we had (good) players and look what happened. They kept buying good players hence Rulani (Mokwena) is on top of his game,” he added.

Mosimane enjoyed a trophy-laden eight-year spell at Sundowns, winning five PSL titles as well as the club’s first and only CAF Champions League in 2016.

He would add two more Champions League crowns at Egyptian giants Al Ahly before he moved to Saudi Arabia where he helped return Al Ahli Saudi to the top flight with five games to spare.

By contrast, Chiefs last won the PSL title in 2015 and it remains their last trophy after nine years of struggle.

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Joel Oliver

Joel Oliver is a seasoned multimedia sports journalist with a rich background in covering diverse football stories and events in South Africa and beyond.

His extensive coverage spans subjects touching on the PSL, with a focus on the Big Three (Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs & Mamelodi Sundowns), Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana.