With the current Kaizer Chiefs coaching job now vacant, Algerian tactician Adel Amrouche has confirmed that he’s held talks with the Soweto giants over succeeding Ernst Middendorp.
Middendorp was shown the exit door by the Glamour Boys barely three days after he failed to lead Amakhosi to the PSL title, which was wrapped from under their noses by rivals Mamelodi Sundowns on the last day of the league.
Despite former Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt having been heavily linked with the Chiefs hotseat during the past few weeks, there now seems to be a new twist, with the 52-year-old Botswana national team coach suggesting he’s already agreed terms with the Soweto giants.
“The last time I had a meeting with Kaizer Chiefs was before I signed with Botswana, I gave them [BFA] my word and that is why I rejected Chiefs,” Amrouche was quoted as saying by KickOff.com.
“Right now I’m still under contract with BFA. When I go to South Africa next week I’m going to see the team [Chiefs], the atmosphere, the structure of the club and maybe then Chiefs will see me as the solution,” he added.
The well-traveled tactician, who has held club stints at MC Alger and USM Alger in his native Algeria, as well as brief roles between Kenya and Libya, further fueled speculation after revealing he would love to finish his coaching career in the SADC region.
“I would love to coach in South Africa. I was in the East the North and the West and now I would like to finish my career in the South. I repeat, this is never about money. I’m still committed to the Botswana project and would need their blessing to leave.
“I recently got a very good offer from China and I told them the same that I told Chiefs: ‘I am under a contract of Botswana.’ I’ve started to build something exciting with this team.
“In football, it’s all about timing. If this is the right time now, then maybe? When I get to Johannesburg I will maybe have more details and I need to emphasise my priorities are more about my family than about football now.
“For club football, I need to see how this can continue. I’ve rejected clubs from Qatar and all over because when I do something I do it 100 percent but for now all I can say is, let’s see what happens. I’ve had contact with Chiefs and that’s good,” Amrouche said.
Chiefs have continued to remain tight-lipped on their coaching candidates, though reports have further suggested that club legend Doctor Khumalo and U23 coach Kwanele Kopo are set to be Hunt’s assistants on the Chiefs bench for the upcoming 2020/21 campaign.