Kaizer Chiefs is arguably the biggest club in South Africa in terms of its massive success over the years and huge fanbase. The club did not earn its status by default but it was through consistently playing beautiful attractive football which no supporter would ever want to miss a Chiefs game. The club was able to develop and recruit top class players from generation to generation and the players were able to fit into the Chiefs playing system and culture.
The players include the likes of Teenage Dladla, Ace Ntsoeleng, Shane McGregor, Ace Khuse, Shoes Moshoeu, Fani Madida, Lucas Radebe, Banda Lebese, Frank Makua, Thabo Mooki, Shakes Kungoane, Pollen Ndlanya, Jabu Mahlangu, Stanton Fredericks, Junior Khanye, Skaapie Malatsi, Siyabonga Nomvete, Collins Mbesuma and Knowledge Musona to mention a few.
At some point Chiefs started to slowly lose its playing philosophy and identity and looked more like an ordinary club. In my view the last coach to display the Chiefs playing culture was Ted Dumitru, and his departure left the club in shambles and has never recovered.
Chiefs has recently appointed Molefi Ntseki as the Head of Technical and Development, whom they said to have been their longterm wanted target and confident that he will be able to take the club to the next level. In accepting his new responsibility, Ntseki mentioned that his main task is to restore Chiefs' playing philosophy and identity by recruiting and developing the right type of players who will fit the Chiefs playing system and culture.
Ntseki has a proven track record in player development and coaching from junior to senior level with the various national teams setups. It remains to be seen on whether Ntseki will be able to deliver on his mandate and restore the club's status and respect in South African football.
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