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Opinion: Is this how Mosimane influenced Chiefs' decision on a new coach?

Former Mamelodi Sundowns and current Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane could have denied Kaizer Chiefs fans the type of football they dream of at the club after recent revelations.

Mosimane left Sundowns before the start of the 2020/21 campaign after receiving an offer to join North African giants the Red Devils, although he left the club under a cloud of acrimony with a section of the management.

The former Bafana Bafana coach is responsible for Chiefs' trophy drought continuing since 2015, as Amakhosi came close to clinching the 2019/20 Premiership title but bottled it on the final matchday, to Mosimane's Sundowns, who clinched their third successive title.

Mosimane also master-minded Al Ahly's thrashing of Chiefs in the CAF Champions League final in July this year.

The Brazilians have continued where Mosimane left off, with co-head coaches, Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena, after they made it four titles in a row, with a much more comfortable title triumph.

After joining Al Ahly, Mosimane recruited some of his former colleagues at Sundowns, fitness trainer Kabelo Rangoaga and performance analyst Musi Matlaba.

Mosimane initially wanted also Mokwena to become his assistant at the Red Devils but the two could not come to an agreement and he went for another South African coach, who was unattached, Cavin Johnson.

During the time of Mosimane's search of a right-hand man, Chiefs were also searching for a new head coach after parting ways with former coach Ernst Middendorp.

Johnson has since confirmed that there was interest from Chiefs, at almost the same time he was sought by Mosimane.

The former Al Ahly assistant coach admitted that there was interest but was diplomatic about it.

Ja, that was there, but that was all just rumours. I think they were all just rumours,” he told Soccer Laduma.

Chiefs eventually settled for Gavin Hunt after announcing him as their new coach in early September 2020 and a month later Johnson was announced as Mosimane's assistant at Al Ahly.

It's possible that Mosimane could have convinced him better to join a much more high profile project at the Red Devils and the money could have been much more.

However, it seems Johnson and Mosimane seemed to have disagreements that led to the former returning back to South Africa, although the former Platinum Stars coach was diplomatic on why their relationship ended.

"It’s always very good. It’s al­ways colleague-to-colleague and the relationship is never broken, it’s al­ways there. So, we will always have a good, sound relationship,” Johnson said.

If Mosimane did not come calling for Johnson, perhaps he could have been hired instead of Hunt.

Johnson represents an attractive brand of football and the fact that Mosimane head-hunted him should be a clear indication of his credentials.

If Johnson was in charge at Chiefs, he could have finally delivered the attacking football that their fans always demand, instead of the horrible spell they endured under Hunt of playing long balls and currently of Stuart Baxter playing defensive football.

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