Nasreddine Nabi likened to former Kaizer Chiefs coach

AS FAR Rabat coach Nasreddine Nabi, who’s heavily linked with Kaizer Chiefs has been likened with one of the coaches who have mentored Amakhosi before.

It is understood the Soweto giants have agreed terms with the former Young Africans coach. While some of his technical team members have already signed with the club, Afrik-Foot understands Nabi has yet to put pen on paper.

However, the 58-year-old is also close to signing the contract before the club makes an announcement. 

iDiski Times reported that Nabi will be joined by his current assistant coach at Raja Casablanca, Khalil Ben Youssef. Ben Youssef previously collaborated with the Tunisian tactician as an analyst at Young Africans. He'll fill the role of second assistant coach, with Fernando Da Cruz set to serve as the first assistant.

Fadlu Davids, who’s the assistant coach at Raja Casablanca, the rivals of AS FAR Rabat in Morocco has expressed his view about the former Young African coach.

Davids has likened Nabi’s style of play to Ernst Middendorp, particularly with the Chiefs team that lost the league to Mamelodi Sundowns on the last day in the 2019/2020 season.

Davids says Nabi plays a direct football and is dangerous with set pieces while most of his goals also come from penalties.

IT’S SIMILAR TO MIDDENDORP’S STYLE’

“His teams are more direct in terms of going forward and scoring goals. They were the highest scoring team in the league but most of their goals came through set pieces and penalties,” Davids explained on Radio 2000.

“They were a little bit more direct in their approach compared to our style that we played this season but very effective in getting the results. You can expect a team that moves forward and scores goals.

“On set pieces, they will be a big threat. I think it is similar to the Middendorp style during the season where they (Chiefs) missed out on winning the league (Chiefs lost out to Sundowns on the last day of the season). 

“They scored a lot of goals through set pieces and I think you will see a similar type of football that is result-driven by scoring a lot of goals and winning matches.”

Nabi’s AS FAR Rabat missed out on the league with just one point, finishing with 71 points while Raja who claimed the title accumulated 72.

Nabi's tenure at Raja Casablanca could still end on a triumphant note, as his team is still in the Throne Cup. They face MAS Fès in the semi-final on Sunday, 23 June. The other semi-final clash pits the newly crowned league champions, Raja Casablanca against MC Oujda.

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