Algerian coach responds to Kaizer Chiefs links

After sacking German head coach Ernst Middendorp and assistant Shaun Bartlett last week, the Kaizer Chiefs board have been swift in their search for a new head coach.

And despite the likes of Gavin Hunt, Benni McCarthy, and Gordon Igesund being linked with the Glamour Boys top job, managerial great, Adel Amrouche, has come out and responded to his potential future and whether or not it lies with the Soweto giants.

The Algerian is currently the head coach of the Bostwana national team. Despite not registering a win with The Zebras, the 52-year-old has stated his commitment to his current employers.

“Right now I’m still under contract with BFA (Bostwana Football Association), when I go to South Africa next week, I’m going to see the team, the atmosphere, the structure of the club and maybe then Chiefs will see me as the solution,” he told Kick Off.

“I’m still committed to the Botswana project and would need their blessing to leave. I recently got a very good offer from China and I told them the same that I told Chiefs; ‘I am under a contract of Botswana’. I’ve started to build something exciting with this team.”

However, he has had contact with the Premier Soccer League side as he plans to meet with the club in Johannesburg next week to discuss his football future.

“In football, it’s all about timing, if this is the right time now then maybe? When I get to Johannesburg I will maybe have more details and I need to emphasise my priorities are more about my family than about football now. After seven months without my family, your priorities can change.

“Also I teach coaches for the UEFA Pro License, I have a group of students I need to finish the course with, and being with a national team allows me to do this as I am free for three to four months of the year.

“For club football, I need to see how this can continue, I’ve rejected clubs from Qatar and all over because when I do something I do it 100% but for now all I can say is let’s see what happens, I’ve had contact with Chiefs and that’s good,” Amrouche added.

The Kouba-born mentor has had an extensive and impressive career on the African continent, in Europe, and at international level.

Starting his coaching career in his native Algeria with USM Algers in 1988, he’s gone on to become the general director Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium, technical director at Ukrainian side FC Volyn Lutsk and managed Kenya, Burundi, and Libya.