Kaizer Chiefs legend Tinashe Nengomasha believes his former club will silverware in this current campaign under the reign of the new head coach Gavin Hunt.
The Glamour Boys were slapped with the two-window transfer ban by FIFA following the signing Madagascar international midfielder Andriamirado Aro Hasina Andrianarimanana (Dax) from Fosa Juniors who’s now into the books of Black Leopards.
As a result, Chiefs missed out on several transfer targets when star players of the now-defunct Bidvest Wits scattered around the South African top-flight. High profile players like Thulani Hlatswayo, Thabang Monare and Deon Hotto joined fierce rivals Orlando Pirates while Mamelodi Sundowns picked up Ricardo Goss, Gift Motupa and Haashim Domingo.
But the former Amakhosi midfielder who starred in over 200 top-flight games has seen the positives in their inability to register new players and believes Hunt is the right man for the job.
“I think it is a blessing in disguise for Kaizer Chiefs, they have a very good coach in Gavin Hunt who has achieved a lot as a coach,” the 38-year-old tells African Football HQ.
“If you go back to his time at SuperSport United where he won three back to back title with an average club in the presence of the big three and he went to Bidvest Wits where he also won them their first-ever title if I’m not mistaken.
“He has enough experience for a big club like Chiefs. He demands a lot from everyone within the team so it is a good pick from Chiefs.”
Nengomasha had a short stint under Hunt after ending his 11-year association at Chiefs as he looked to add experience to the Students midfield at the time and feels the tactical prowess of the four-time league winner will come in handy this season.
Tinashe Nengomasha and Shoes Moshoeu dragging Chiefs to the championship back in the day. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Dp7XIZyDBd
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“Hunt is familiar with the league and the players he’s been in top-flight for over a decade he knows what to expect from the opposition and also good on reacting on the tactical approach as well,” the former Zimbabwe international explained before touching on the youthful approach Hunt has been forced to move towards.
“It is good for the young players it’s good that he gives them the opportunity to shine, at a big club like Kaizer Chiefs you need fresh blood who knows the culture of the club and the ban will take them back to the times where they’d produce players like Nhlanhla Kubheka, Gerrard Sibeko, Isaac Mabotsa and Itumeleng Khune who’s been very vital for the club and the national team,” he said.
“It’s not always good to bring in players especially from outside the country because of some struggle with the tempo of the league and also the culture of the club. So it’s good that they use this opportunity to find the right combination with in the young players.
Nemgomasha continued: “I played with Willard [Katsande] I know him very well, Parker and Khune as well… Those are the old players who need to motivate the youngsters when they are not playing because as they get old, it takes time to recover quickly and they won’t be playing as they used to.”
The Soweto giants have gone five full seasons without silverware but their former midfielder enforcer suggests ‘something is coming’ in the 2020/21 campaign.
“The fans and the chairman [Kaizer Motaung] deserve better. Chiefs will win something this season (sigh) hey Orlando Pirates have signed quality baba wam, also can’t right Sundowns Cape Town City, SuperSport United Tambo is doing well and also Maritzburg United are my usual suspects Tinkler is a good coach,” he continued.
“My top three are Kaizer Chiefs, Orland Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns though I’m not convinced about Sundowns but they have very good coaches but Chiefs will definitely win something in this campaign.”
Chiefs started off their DStv Premiership campaign with a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Masandawana with Hunt currently without a host of first-team stars due to injury.