Ex-Pirates Coach Open To Chiefs Move

Lorenz Kohler
April 22, 2022

Former Orlando Pirates head coach Ruud Krol says he would have no problem joining Kaizer Chiefs if the opportunity presented itself.

Chiefs made the decision to part ways with Stuart Baxter on Thursday after just eight months into his three-year contract as his second stint at the club turned sour.



Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard will take charge of the first team on an interim basis until the end of the season as Amakhosi look toward securing their next leader.

And Krol, who won a domestic treble in his final season at the Buccaneers, says he’d be happy to return to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) even with their fierce Soweto rivals.

“I’ve no problem with that [joining Pirates rivals], I like yellow,” Krol told iDiski Times. “I like yellow, yellow is one of my favourites, not a problem.”

The legendary Dutchman emphasised he’d love to work on a new project to develop and build a new team in the manner he did over his three-year spell at Mayfair.

“I like to build and I like to watch other players [grow]. That I did at Pirates also. I saw Rooi [Mahamutsa], for example, he was playing in the third division and I told Pirates that’s a player that I like,” Krol continued.

“He was a right-back and then became a central defender, he is still playing, I think. Sometimes I still have contact with him. I have many players who I know were happy when they were working with me.

“The only problem was that I couldn’t play everybody, you can only put 11 players in the team. But you can only win championships with the whole squad, even the player who plays five minutes can be very important to win something – that’s what a lot of people don’t understand.”

Since leaving Pirates in 2013, Krol has won the Tunisian top-flight with Esperance and CS Sfaxien, the CAF Confederation Cup, the UNAF Club Cup with Raja AC and the Kuwait Premier League.

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