100 days. That’s how long is left to run on Steve Komphela’s Kaizer Chiefs contract, and there are already several names being linked with the post in case he leaves.
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Komphela’s future at Naturena hangs in the balance at present, with the club enduring a barren spell of more than two and a half years, and currently finding themselves sat seven points behind the Absa Premiership leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns.
While the league title is not mathematically out of the question, Chiefs being in fifth place does suggest that it would need a minor miracle if they were going to push four other teams out of the way, with the Nedbank Cup being Komphela’s most realistic shot at silverware before his deal expires.
Chiefs take on Baroka later this month in the quarter-finals of the tournament, and defeat would mean that they will – in all likelihood – end another season without getting their hands on a trophy.
The Siya crew has already reported that whether Komphela gets a new contract or not could rely on picking up a trophy this season, and with that in mind, Amakhosi’s management has already started putting out some feelers regarding a possible replacement.
Luc Eymael, Doctor Khumalo, Stuart Baxter and Manqoba Mngqithi have all been linked as potential successors if they become available, while coaches such as Eric Tinkler and Ruud Krol are both free agents and on the possible lookout for their next move.
Eymael has done a fine job at Free State Stars, turning them from relegation candidates to title contenders, and it is believed that he is one of the favourites, should he be open to the move.
Doc is currently at Baroka, but would no doubt leap at the chance of a return to Soweto – especially as a head coach.
Baxter had a very successful spell with the Glamour Boys, guiding them to two league titles, but any move for the Englishman would require a departure from his current job with Bafana Bafana.
The same could be said for Mngqithi, who has made a good name for himself at Mamelodi Sundowns.
Before leaving SuperSport United not so long ago, he guided them to the CAF Confederation Cup final and won the MTN8, and has won two trophies in total since the start of last season.
Krol’s name always seems to come up when it comes to jobs in South Africa, despite the fact that he hasn’t worked in Mzansi since leaving Pirates in 2011.
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