Kaizer Chiefs set to announce Adel Amrouche as Head Coach
Algerian coach Adel Amrouche is expected to be announced as the Kaizer Chiefs Head Coach after the dismissal of Ernst Middendrop.
The 52 years old Amrouche is currently the coach of the Botswana National team after signing with the Zebras in August 2019.
Talks between the Algerian coach and Kaizer Chiefs hierarchy are at advanced stages with some personal terms agreed, contract length seems to be a glitch to get the deal over the line. Amakhosi are expecting to tie down the coach on a 1.5-year contract while the Algerian is gunning for a 3-year contract.
Amakhosi have come under fire from their angry fans after they failed to deliver on a single trophy in five years, but more painfully, losing the league title race bitterly to Mamelodi Sundowns recently.
But the club management has been swift to ring the changes as they got rid of Middendorp and his assistant, Shaun Bartlett.
Kaizer Chiefs are lining up former Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt as an option in case the talks with Adel Amrouche hits a brick wall.
Hunt has been left jobless after the sale of Wits and revealed his desire to take over the most coveted role in South African club football.
Amrouche began his managerial career in 1988, in Africa he coached Equatorial Guinea, Burundi, Kenya, Libya and Botswana national teams.
Amrouche confirmed he’s been approached by the 2019/20 Absa Premiership runners-up, this after having a meeting in August last year during which he refused to take over Middendorp’s job at the time.
“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 reveals.
“I didn’t also want to take the job of one person who was in the job [Ernst Middendorp], I can’t accept that. I have very good relationships with the people at the club but I can’t talk about what they said. I just travelled to Belgium this week to see my family for the first time in six or seven months.
“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.