Kaizer Chiefs warned not to expect instant results from Nabi – ‘Even Liverpool trusted Klopp’s process’ 

Coach Nasreddine Nabi might need time to set the structures before he eventually delivers, Kaizer Chiefs have been warned.

The Tunisian has reportedly agreed to work with the Glamour Boys, signing an initial two-year contract with the Soweto giants. He might be confirmed next week once he is done with AS FAR Rabat this weekend in the Throne Cup semi-final fixture against Maghreb de Fes.

The 2014/15 season was the last time Black and Gold celebrated silverware when they won the Premier Soccer League. Since then, it has been all about hiring and firing coaches, with players coming and going without success on the pitch.

Borrow a leaf from Liverpool and give Nabi time – Amakhosi advised

Renowned stakeholder Mike Makaab has now urged the Chiefs management and fans to emulate Liverpool by granting the tactician time to fix the team.

The football agent has predicted the 58-year-old might have a tough start like Jurgen Klopp who needed a few seasons before finally returning the Reds to the top.

‘[Chiefs] got to give Nabi a chance; you have to look at Jurgen Klopp. I think he was at Liverpool for three or four years only to realize that he joined in 2015! Nine years at Liverpool,” Makaab told Gagasi FM.

“It took him some time to build a competitive Liverpool but they had faith in his process. If you see that a football coach knows what he is doing, understands the process, and is making progress in that, you have got to give them an opportunity. So I am excited about Nabi at Kaizer Chiefs.”

Nasreddine Nabi likened to former Kaizer Chiefs coach
Nasreddine Nabi – Photo by Icon Sport

‘Chiefs don't have a bad squad, Nabi will deliver with them!'

Amakhosi have been accused of signing players who are deemed average and not worthy of wearing the black and gold jersey. Makaab, however, is not convinced that is the case.

“Chiefs don’t have a bad squad at all, they have a very interesting squad. They have some exciting youngsters; Mfundo Vilakazi, Mduduzi Shabalala, Wandile Duba, Samkelo Zwane, Donnay Jansen, and a few others at the fringes. 

“So that is exciting when your development is starting to produce players of that quality,” he continued.

“They’ve also signed some very interesting players; good players don’t become bad overnight, and you know a lot of discussion goes around saying maybe they haven’t settled in, in their new environment. 

“I believe that when a football coach assembles a football team, quality will come to the surface. Good coaches look at what they have, they look at the strengths and weaknesses of the players they have. 

“A good football coach will assess what he has in the building and will play a style of football that will suit the players he’s got in the building,”

After finishing 10th in the PSL and struggling to have an impact in all domestic competitions, the club's management and technical team will be under pressure to deliver in the new campaign.

Kaizer Chiefs warned not to expect instant results from Nabi – ‘Even Liverpool trusted Klopp’s process’ 
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