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Kaizer Chiefs Heavily Linked With Former Ghana Coach Avram Grant

Kaizer Chiefs are reportedly close to announcing Steve Komphela’s successor with veteran coach, Avram Grant, according to SunSport.

Komphela resigned on the eve of Amakhosi’s 2-0 Nedbank Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Free State Stars last month.

Grant, 62, currently runs the rule at NorthEast United FC, who are campaigning in the Indian Super League.

The former Chelsea, Portsmouth and West Ham United mentor is said to be amongst a host of local and international coaches, who have shown interest in the position vacated by Komphela.

“Grant has worked in Africa before, where he wrote a successful story with Ghana, where he spent three fruitful years. He would come in handy for frustrated Chiefs,” said a SunSport source.

Bobby Motaung, the Football Manager at Chiefs, is said to have declined in mentioning names linked with the Amakhosi post.

“We’re not in a hurry. This is a process,” he said, while denying rumours linking Grant to the vacant post.

“We are yet to review and assess those applications. The season has not finished yet, hence we are taking it easy.

“We don’t have deadline or set any timelines on when we should appoint a coach. But that will be before the new season starts,” he said.

Chiefs will finish the season without a single trophy, making it three campaigns in a row that the Naturena outfit have gone without picking up any silverware.

It is also understood that the coach who will be roped in, will be given ample time to assess players during full pre-season training, to decide who will leave the club and who will stay.

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Other coaches that have seemingly made the shortlist for the coaching job at Naturena are Mick McCarthy, former Bafana Bafana coach Phillipe Trousier and Patrice Carteron, formerly with DRC giants TP Mazembe.

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