Kaizer Chiefs to land main coaching target as he bids tearful farewell to Moroccan club

The Tunisian tactician will complete his move to Naturena later this month

Kaizer Chiefs are set to confirm the appointment of Tunisian coach Nasreddine Nabi when he finally leaves Moroccan side FA Rabat this month.

Nabi led his team to a 2-0 victory over local rivals FUS Rabat in the Moroccan league on Friday but lost the league title by just one point to Raja Casablanca.

Now, the former Yanga coach has potentially two matches remaining before linking up with Chiefs, with the Throne Cup semi-final against MAS Fes slated for June 22 up next and if he wins, he will oversee the final and then complete his move to Naturena.

Nabi was in tears after watching his side come close to winning the title only to lose out on the final day after spending 18 weeks at the top of the table.  

Nabi will link up with Chiefs after FAR Rabat’s final match

“Tunisian Nasr Al-Din Al-Nabi leaves the Royal Moroccan Army Club at the end of the season after agreeing with the South African team, Kaizer Chiefs,” BeIN SPORTS confirmed.

Nabi has been courted by Chiefs for over one year but emerged as their main target to replace interim coach Cavin Johnson in recent weeks following the club’s poor season that saw them finish 10th in the PSL.

Moroccan outlet Biladna 24 reported early this week that Nabi and the outgoing Moroccan champions have struck a deal that will see him depart after his final match.

FAR Rabat spent most of the campaign at the top of the table but a draw and loss in the run-in allowed Raja Casablanca move to the summit and take a one-point lead, heading into the final round of matches.

Nabi will come with his own backroom staff to South Africa

Chiefs have put their transfer business on hold until a new coach comes in with the club believed to be looking to sign at least six players.

Nabi has been on Chiefs’ radar since 2023, when the club first approached him to take over ahead of the recently-concluded season, but talks broke down at the time after the two parties did not agree over the makeup of his backroom staff.

Now, it is believed Chiefs agreed to allow him bring in his own men, and reports in Morocco claim he will be accompanied by assistant coaches Khalil Ben Youssef and Ilyes Mzoughi as well as Tunisian physical trainer.

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