After Kaizer Chiefs and Stuart Baxter parted ways amicably last week, various reports have come to light regarding coaches who have put their hand up for the job at Naturena.
Some of the names bandied about as front runners include Maritzburg United coach Steve Khompela, who was initially said to be on his way to coach the glamour boys about three years ago just before Baxter was appointed. But that never materialized.
Doubt was further cast on the speculation that Khompela would succeed Baxter next season when he was spotted leaving SAFA House last week Wednesday. This after Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was reported as saying that the Technical Director position at SAFA was not going to be assumed by Stuart Baxter; pundits are now putting Khompela ahead of the pack in the running for that job.
More people who are said to have put their names in the hat for the vacant mentor position at Naturena include Ernie Brandts. A former assistant coach to Bobby Robson‚ Dick Advocaat and Guus Hiddink at PSV, Ernie Brandts also has some experience coaching on the African continent having won a league title with APR in Rwanda in 2012 and Young Africans in Tanzania in 2013. According to The Times Brandts coached Dordrecht in the Eredivisie in the past season‚ but his contract was terminated in late February following a 6-1 defeat against FC Utrecht.
His country man, former Dutch national teammate and Orlando Pitrates FC coach Ruud Krol confirmed yesterday on 083 Sport with Marawa that he too has put his name in the hat for the job, last week already. Being no stranger to South African football, Krol boast a record treble with Orlandio Pirates after spending three seasons with the team. His success made extra special by the fact that it marked the end of an eight year long cup drought which included the league title — in 2010-11. After leaving Orlando Pirates, Krol won a league title and the CAF Confederation Cup with CS Sfaxien in Tunisia in 2013. There is no doubt that his CV brings with the added advantage of having continental club competition which seems to be lacking with the other candidates.
Should Krol be appointed, this will be adding his name to an illustrious list of coaches who have held the reins at both Soweto giants. This list includes Joe Frickleton, Ted Dumitru, Walter da Silva, Kosta Papic, Augusto Palacios, and most recently Vladimir Vermezovic