‘South Africa is on another level’ – Yanga boss tells Nasreddine Nabi what to expect at Kaizer Chiefs

The Young Africans president is confident the Tunisian tactician will succeed but after a tough spell

Young Africans (Yanga) president Hersi Ally Said expects Nasreddine Nabi to succeed at Kaizer Chiefs but has warned him to be ready for a lot of pressure and a higher level of scrutiny.

Said hired Nabi in 2021 with the coach leading the Tanzanian giants to back-to-back league and cup double as well as the 2023 CAF Champions League final before he quit to join Moroccan side FAR Rabat.

Following a one-year stint in Morocco, Nabi has accepted to take over the hot seat at Chiefs who hope that he can lead them back to success and Said has backed the 58-year-old to eventually come good in South Africa but after a bumpy ride.

“Personally, let me take this opportunity to wish him all the best. I know coach Nabi is coming down here, there is a lot of requirements, there is a lot of expectations on him and the technical staff and there is a lot of expectations from the fans at Kaizer Chiefs Chiefs,” Said told the media.

‘South Africa is on another level in terms of football’

“So we wish him all the best, he’s a very good coach. He has done marvellous with us. We won the league two times with him, we won the FA Cup two times with him. We went all the way to the final of the CAF Confederations Cup with him.

“The best management and the players that Kaizer Chiefs Chiefs have, I’m sure he is going to do wonders here. Let me take this opportunity to wish him all the best. I know it’s going to be tough, South Africa is on another level in terms of football, but all the best.”

Nabi was unveiled by Chiefs during their pre-season tour of Turkey and will take on his former side in the Toyota Cup at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on July 28.

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