In June 2015, Kaizer Chiefs appointed former Maritzburg coach, Steve Komphela, to take over after Stuart Baxter resigned to take up a coaching job in Turkey.
Komphela signed a three-year contract with Chiefs, which will expire at the end of 2017/2018 season. The 2016/2017 season is almost coming towards the end, with Bidvest Wits, Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City competing for the league title.
Therefore, with Chiefs’ league campaign mathematically over, it seems that they will finish outside the top three, which counts against the team's chances of competing in continental competition.
It will not go unnoticed that since the appointment of Steve Komphela in 2015, Chiefs have not won any of the official PSL trophies and yet again, it’s another season without any silverware.
Chiefs may have to face the reality of finishing outside the top three with Cape Town City in third place, ahead of them by five points and SuperSport United also ahead of them, by a single point in fourth place, with only two games left for those teams and three for the Glamour Boys.
Based on the team’s performances in the last two seasons, it’s hard to see how Komphela can reorganise and rejuvenate the team back to winning ways again. He is only left with a season on his contract with chiefs, which begs the question if he is the right person to lead Kaizer Chiefs next season.
Komphela seems to have lost the dressing room and it’s time for Kaizer Chief to line up Gavin Hunt to take over the team. Gavin Hunt deserves a shot at Kaizer Chiefs, just like he deserves a shot at the Bafana Bafana job. He is a familiar with South African football and has achieved tremendously with different clubs in the country.
Hunt has coached a total of six teams in South Africa and has won some silverware with most of the clubs he coached, except at Black Leopards and Hellenic. He won the ABSA Cup with Moroka Swallows in 2004, before winning the Premiership title three consecutive times with SuperSport United between 2008 and 2010. In addition to his accolades, Hunt has won PSL coach of the year on four occasions and has another opportunity to win the PSL title for the fourth time with Bidvest Wits this year.
There is no doubt that Gavin Hunt is an asset to South African football and has the wealth of experience and knowledge to take charge of the team like Kaizer Chiefs. If Kaizer Chiefs wish to go back to the glory days, Gavin Hunt should be an obvious choice for Chiefs. He is well acquainted with the South African style of football and culture.
*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.