Cape Town – Kaizer Chiefs have announced that recently retired John Paintsil will replace Doctor Khumalo as Steve Komphela’s assistant coach.
The former Ghanaian international announced his retirement last week – six months after Maritzburg United released the 35-year-old.
Paintsil donned the colours of West Ham United, Fulham as well as Leicester City during his illustrious football career.
In 2013, Paintsil joined Santos in the Absa Premiership for a season and made 17 appearances before switching his allegiance to The Team of Choice.
Also joining Komphela’s technical team is physical trainer Marco Munhoz and goalkeeper coach Alexandre Revoredo.
Meanwhile, Khumalo is set to be redeployed in another position at the club.
Doctor should ‘branch out’, says Barker
Cape Town – Legendary South African coach Clive Barker has advised Doctor Khumalo to leave Kaizer Chiefs in order to get coaching experience.
Khumalo was demoted to the lower technical structures at Naturena after being replaced as assistant coach by John Paintsil.
Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has opted for a new right-hand man after his disappointing first season with Amakhosi.
“I think it would be a good thing for Doctor to branch out and test his skills in a very, very tough environment,” Barker told KickOff.
“I just hope that [if he moves to another club] Doctor gets the team and quality players to work with. That said, my message to him is ‘Doc, have a go and you’ve got all the skills in the world and you were a fabulous player’.
“We hope Steve will be successful and nobody wants to leave the competitive environment. I have said to everybody that Khumalo is the best player I worked with and I’m quite sure he has got something to offer.
“Unfortunately it didn’t work out like that and Steve will be up against it. And if he doesn’t produce the goods early in the season I think he will have a lot of pressure.
Amakhosi are anticipated to unveil new players today,with the Kaizer Chiefs management trying to reinforce a combative squad that will bring the glory days back to Naturena.
The was rumours that Steve Komphela may be looking to bring his own assistant coach to the club with Mandla Ncikazi being the man who is rumoured to replace Doctor Khumalo.Recently Soccer laduma broke the news that Doctor Khumalo may be handed the technical director job at Chiefs,and this is a sign that Ncikazi may be heading to the Village.
Chiefs’ football manger, Bobby Motaung,is prepared to give Komphela all the resources he requires,and in return Steve will have to bring trophies to Amakhosi’s cabinet.Bear in mind that the Glamour Boys didn’t have enough depth in their squad thisseason, but that doesn’t give Komphela an excuse to finish the season trophyless.
Doctor Khumalo served as Kaizer Chiefs’ assistant coach for a long period, and many were hoping for Chiefs’ management to reward him with the coaching position for his work.