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No Approach From Chiefs For Mngqithi

Mike Makaab has dismissed rumours that Kaizer Chiefs have approached Mamelodi Sundowns senior coach Manqoba Mngqithi.

For some time Mngqithi has been linked with a move away from Sundowns, with his contract set to expire at the end of the current season.

The Sundowns senior coach, who has been with Downs for 11 years, has been heavily linked with a move to Chiefs.

He started as assistant coach to Pitso Mosimane before becoming a co-coach alongside Rulani Mokwena until he was shifted into his current role in October 2022.

Speaking on Gagasi FM, Makaab explained that Chiefs haven’t approached them about Mngqithi and it’s not for them to do as the coach is not a stranger in South African football.

“I have heard a lot of rumours expressing about interest [from Kaizer Chiefs] but I can tell you as I am sitting here, we have not had a formal approach from Kaizer Chiefs for Manqoba,” Makaab said on Extratime on Gagasi FM.

“I don’t think the onus should sit on us to make that approach. It’s a different story if we were introducing a football coach that is not known to clubs in this country, but I don’t think we should make a formal move unless there is interest, a genuine interest from the club itself not through the media.”

Makaab also told this publication in April that they are “in discussions” with Sundowns to extend Mngqithi’s current deal, and he reiterated that stance on radio.

“We are still in discussions with Mamelodi Sundowns, Manqoba is committed to the club. If the club is keen on retaining his services, which I believe there is a big chance of that happening, then Manqoba will stay at Mamelodi Sundowns,” he continued.

“What I did agree with the club is that we would only discuss this after the semi-final of the Nedbank Cup, so it is my intention to meet with the club this week, my intention to meet with Manqoba this week as well and hopefully more clarity and finality will be on the cards during the course of next week.

“Whatever happens, a decision has to be made sooner than later.”

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