Kaizer Chiefs head coach Molefi Ntseki breaks silence 4 months after his sacking, the former Kaizer Chiefs coach who took over from Arthur Zwane has clarified, why he took the head coaching gig in Naturena despite the pressure.
Molefi Ntseki who has coached the South African National team and development structures, was tipped for success within the Soweto giants but things did not go as expected.
TM: Why did you decide to take the head coaching job at the club?
MN: The club felt like they wanted to bring in another coach. Looking for a coach, we could not get somebody with the qualities that the club was looking for.
The club opted to say, ‘You have been working with these guys as Head of Technical, please take over as head coach.’
That’s how I ended up becoming the head coach at Kaizer Chiefs, of which I appreciated the trust and belief that we built with the Chairman (Kaizer Motaung), the technical committee, the sporting director, the board and the football manager.
It was not an easy decision to make, except that they had been working with me for the previous two years, so they knew my qualities and capabilities and they knew I would be of help to the club.
MN: We interviewed a few coaches. In interviewing those coaches, the club did not get what it was looking for.
As a result, the club felt that they had somebody inside who understood what they wanted and had the qualification to take over as coach. We were indeed looking for a coach, but we could not get what we wanted.
“They had me as somebody who could come in with a clear understanding of the team. The reality of it is that we had a very intense meeting for that decision to be made.”
When the decision was made, I could not refuse because in refusing, I would be saying, ‘I am not that person.’ I have been a coach at the highest level, so why should I let down the Chairman and the board and the technical committee by turning down the opportunity they gave me?