Kaizer Motaung defends decision to appoint Ntseki

Kaizer Motaung of Chiefs says that fans must give newly appointed head coach Molefi Ntseki the chance to prove that he can deliver.

Kaizer Motaung spoke to Sunday World at the club’s new jersey launch and new partnership announcement with Italian sports apparel Kappa.

Ntseki, a former SA Under-17 national team head coach, was announced in June as the new sheriff in charg. This after Arthur Zwane had a terrible maiden season in charge of the Amakhosi hot seat.

Ntseki’s appointment was met with a huge outcry from the club supporters who were expecting a coach with international pedigree.

Ntseki was technical director at the club.

The Chiefs owner said that it was not fair to put Ntseki under pressure before he even started his tenure. Ntseki will be assisted by Zwane and Dillion Sheppard, who used to be Zwane’s right hand man.

“We hope Ntseki can be given that opportunity to do his job. We will see after some time whether we can criticise or anything like that. It is unfortunate that because of social media today, people are at liberty to say anything, anyhow and anywhere,” Kaizer Motaung said when asked about the coach.

“Criticism that has been levelled against Ntseki has been unfair because he hasn’t started doing anything at the club. History will tell you all the coaches we brought to the club from abroad, none of them won anything where they came from. There may be the question of timing, but all in all, most of the coaches only became successful because of the set-up we have at Chiefs,” he added.

Ntseki started his first match with a loss against Tanzanian giants Young Africans in a friendly exhibition in the capital in Dar-er-Salaam last Saturday. The scoreline was 1-0 but not a lot will be taken from that friendly match. Amakhosi will open their 2023/24 campaign with an assignment against Chippa United at the Moses Mabhida on August 6.

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