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Chiefs Clarify Ntseki Role

Kaizer Chiefs have clarified the role of former Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki, who will join the club on 1 June following Gavin Hunt’s sacking.

The 51-year-old returns to club football after he had his contract with SAFA terminated following the failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year.

Ntseki joins the club as Head of Technical and Youth Development Academy after agreeing to a three-year contract with a a two-year option.

His appointment comes just four days after Amakhosi management fired Gavin Hunt, as the club continues to make changes to their technical team.

“His role will help with maintaining the link between the Academy and the first team and ensure that they are aligned with the Kaizer Chiefs values, ethos and traditions. He will be the custodian of Kaizer Chiefs’ culture and preserve our football philosophy so that the transition from youth to the senior level is seamless,” Chiefs said in a statement.

“We want to make progress in the way we run our football technical operations at all levels,” Chairman Kaizer Motaung added. 

“We also do not want to lose all the good lessons we have learned in as far as our Youth Development Academy is concerned. Kaizer Chiefs has seen good players come through our youth structures and we would like for that to continue.”

“Our youth coaches have done a tremendous job over the years and we have seen them identify and promote great talent for Chiefs and the national junior teams. It’s important that we keep the Chiefs DNA intact and uniformity to ensure we hire the right people who will be the custodians of what we are building.

“We look forward to Molefi’s contribution within the Kaizer Chiefs set-up. We believe he will work well with all the coaches from senior to junior levels and members of the technical team as we continue to build the Club and maintain its position in South African football and growth in Africa.”

Other responsibilities Ntseki will have will include upskilling, mentoring and training of the club’s coaches.

But Ntseki’s appointment is not the only change expected at Naturena, with Stuart Baxter expected to arrive this week to become the club’s new head coach.