It’s not just about winning but winning in style – that is the modus operandi at Naturena. Today, I take a look at some coaches who have managed to achieve success at Amakhosi.
The Romanian-born tactician first coached Kaizer Chiefs back in the 80's and is famously known for handing Doctor Khumalo his debut in the paid ranks.
The diminutive coach enjoyed much success in his second spell at Amakhosi during the 2003/4 and 2004/5 seasons, where he won back-to-back league titles. The man dubbed the 'Football Scientist' always gave the players the freedom to express themselves, something, which endeared him to the fans, as the likes of Scara Ngobese played to the gallery during his tenure.
Ertugral is renowned for believing in youngsters and was somewhat of a 'Cup Specialist’; during his time at the Glamour Boys. He never won the league title but won numerous domestic Cup titles and also the African Cup Winners Cup.
In 2001, under his tutelage, Chiefs were named the African Club of the Year. So fine was their form that a particular slogan, 'Vat Alles', was coined in anticipation of a clean sweep of trophies. However, the league eluded the Turkish-born mentor.
The 5-0 demolition of Jomo Cosmos in 2001 Coca-Cola Cup Final ranks amongst the best performances by a Chiefs side and Ertugral deserves credit for having put together a formidable side that particularly stood out that season.
The recently departed coach brought silverware to a Chiefs side which had been barren for a couple of seasons. The Scotsman won two league titles in three seasons and also notched up a handful of cup titles.
A shrewd coach who accentuated the importance of a solid defence, his success was never strategized around a profilic goalscorer but rather on a watertight defence and free scoring midfielders.
The Amakhosi have lost a good coach, and whoever succeeds him will have big shoes to fill.