What should Kaizer Chiefs expect from Nabi if he takes over at Naturena? Zinnbauer opens up

Tunisian Nasreddine Nabi has reportedly agreed to take over at Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the 2024/25 season.

The position fell vacant early in the 2023/24 campaign when Molefi Ntseki was fired owing to regular inconsistencies just 13 matches into the season. Former Al Ahly assistant coach Cavin Johnson was appointed in an interim, but he failed to steady the ship, and Amakhosi eventually finished 10th on the Premier Soccer League table, the worst-ever finish for the club.

Nabi fueled speculations that he has taken over at Amakhosi after announcing he will exit AS Far Rabat after the Throne Cup.

Raja Casablanca coach Josef Zinnbauer has now shared with the Glamour Boys faithful what to expect if indeed takes over at Naturena.

Around 12 teams vying for Kaizer Chiefs target’s signature
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‘He is a nice guy and can get a club where he can win titles'

The former Orlando Pirates coach Zinnbauer insists Nabi's track record speaks for itself, and he has what it takes to take Chiefs forward once he is confirmed.

“I can only say, he’s a nice guy; we met and we respect each other. For me, he’s a good guy as a person,” the German told iDiski Times.

“As a coach, if you go now to his CV, he won a lot of titles. So that means he’s a good coach, he has to be. 

“Against him, we had two games, we had two draws and it was always a fight and a tactical battle. For me, it was the hardest two games in the league, it was the best opponent for us to measure us.

“It's not important whether he gets Kaizer Chiefs or another club, for him it’s important that he can get a club where he can win a title,” Zinnbauer continued.

“I think he’s always keen on titles and we have the same situation now in two weeks. Maybe we can play each other in the Cup final. They are in the semi-final, we are in the semi-final. If we both win we meet in the final. So it’s the next fight, maybe.”

Nasreddine Nabi

What is Nabi's story?

Before joining AS Far Rabat, Nabi was in Tanzania where he was coaching Yanga SC. In his two seasons with the Jangwani club, the tactician helped them win two Tanzanian Premier League titles.

The 58-year-old further won the Tanzanian FA Cup twice, and the Community Shield. he also managed to take the East Africans to the Caf Confederation Cup final where they narrowly lost against USM Alger.

Prior to Ntseki's appointment, Nabi was the front-runner, but reportedly, Amakhosi did not want him to tag along with his technical team. 

What should Kaizer Chiefs expect from Nabi if he takes over at Naturena? Zinnbauer opens up
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