‘That might be a problem for him’: SA coach on what could be Nabi’s hindrance to success at Chiefs

A veteran South African coach has weighed in on potential obstacle that could stand between newly appointed Kaizer Chiefs head coach Nasreddine Nabi and success.

The Tunisian tactician, Nabi stepped down from head coach role at AS FAR Rabat after just a one season-stay at the Moroccan club.

He has officially penned a contract with the Soweto giants, replacing Molefi Ntseki who was sacked by the side in October last season.

Nabi recently joined the team at their pre-season camp in Turkey and took charge of their training on Monday.

The club hopes that the former Young Africans mentor, Nabi, can revive their fortunes. Chiefs haven't won a trophy since 2015, when they lifted the ABSA Premiership title under Stuart Baxter's guidance

Dan Malesela, former coach of Baroka FC, believes the absence of a local member in the technical team could make it difficult for Nabi to adapt to Kaizer Chiefs' culture and understand the team's specific needs.


“When somebody comes you need to be really sure that this is the right person. How is (Nabi) going to adjust without any local influence, without anybody guiding and helping him as to what the culture of Chiefs is? That might be a problem,” Malesela said on Arena Sports.

“I'm not saying that he would fail or setting him up for failure. I'm just saying things that he should be prepared for and also how patient are people going to be with him because you don't go to Kaizer Chiefs to trial.

“You go to Chiefs to win and appease people, one trophy there, build your team. Now you have to get a mixture of players because when you go to Chiefs you must know you cannot go for new players completely.”

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