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Kaizer Motaung's best imports at Kaizer Chiefs

Posted: 8 May 2012 Time: 12:52

Stuart Baxter is Kaizer Chiefs' 18th foreign coach – it's almost 20 years since a local held the reins at Amakhosi.

Chiefs hired their first foreign coach as early as 1974 – four years after the club was founded – when Eddie Lewis took over from Thomas 'Zero' Johnson and the man himself, Kaizer Motaung.

Amakhosi have had 14 local coaches over the years, and Sergio dos Santos was Chiefs' last permanent local coach, in 1993. Since then they have been led by two Frenchmen, Philippe Troussier and Paul Dolezar, a Brazilian, Walter da Silva, a Turk, Muhsin Ertugral, a German, Ernst Middendorp, two Serbians, Kosta Papic and Vladimir Vermezovic, and now an Englishman, Stuart Baxter.

When he hired 'VV', Kaizer Motaung reminded KICK OFF readers that he has a long track record of employing coaches who are unknowns in South Africa – but insisted that he has made some very successful appointments.

Here are six coaches who were relatively undiscovered when they took over at Chiefs, and the list of honours they won.

1983 Oscar Casares The Argentine won the Datsun Challenge, but the League was a forlon hope as Clive Barker's Durban City won back-to-back tiles in the manner of SuperSport United recently. Casares was never highly regarded by Chiefs' star players, and even today the likes of Malombo Lechaba are still questioning his credentials. He later moved on to Dynamos with little success.

1986-88 Ted Dumitru Plenty of trophies for Dumitru in his first spell, but the League trophy went elsewhere. Chiefs won the JPS Knockout Cup and minor competitions like the Charity Spectacular and the National Panasonic Cup in 1986. They were more successful in 1987, winning the BP Top Eight Cup and the Mainstay Cup, as well as the Charity Spectacular and the Ohlssons Challenge. They were runners-up in the League. (He did win the League twice in his second spell with the club.)

1988-89 Jeff Butler Englishman Jeff Butler arrived from Zambia in 1988, and at the end of his first year he only had the JPS Knockout Cup to show for his troubles. But he reorganised the team and in 1989 Chiefs were League champions. They also won the BP Top Eight Cup and the Ohlssons Challenge and, as usual, the Charity Spectacular.

1992 Wiseman Mbale The late Wiseman Mbale was brought by Motaung from Bloemfontein Celtic in early 1992 and presided over Chiefs' 1-0 BP Top Eight Cup triumph over Sundowns. But the Zambian, an energetic individual, had the misfortune of taking over from Jeff Butler who had guided Chiefs to their most impressive League win to date and he was out long before the season's end – to be replaced by the returning Butler in his third spell.

1997-99 Paul Dolezar The volatile Dolezar never managed to win the League, although he had a good team that was runners-up two years running. They were also Rothmans Cup winners both years and generally impressed with their attacking flair.

1999-2002 Muhsin Ertugral Again, the League eluded Chiefs during the tenure of Ertugral (they were runners-up in 2001), but he won numerous trophies. The BobSave SuperBowl was lifted in his first season, and two years later the side launched 'Operation Vat Alles' – which ultimately amounted to everything but the League. Besides the pre-season Vodacom Challenge, Chiefs won the Coca-Cola Cup and the BP Top Eight Cup. Most memorably, however, they won the African Cup Winners Cup, resulting in Chiefs being named 2001 African Club of the Year.

Chiefs' foreign coaches

Eddie Lewis (1974-1976; 1980; 1983; 1985) Mario Tuani (1979-1980) Oscar Casares (1983) Joe Frickleton (1984-85) Ted Dumitru (1985-1988; 2003-2005) Jack Chamangwana (1988; 1989) Jeff Butler (1988-89;1991; 1992; 1995-96) Augusto Palacios (1990; 1995) Wiseman Mbale (1992) Geoff Hudson (1993) Philippe Troussier (1994) Walter da Silva (1996) Paul Dolezar (1997-1999) Muhsin Ertugral (1999-2002; 2007-09) Ernst Middendorp (2005-2007) Kosta Papic (2007) Vladimir Vermezovic (2009-2012) Stuart Baxter (2012-) Follow us on Twitter @ProjectJennifer and @ZolaDoda Jennifer Malec and Zola Doda

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 01:26 pm
Although I am not KC supporter, the operation 'vat alles' was the best I have ever seen by any team. On and off the pitch Chiefs was on fire. With Putco dancing, ja! Those were the days. Operation teka hinkwaswo!!!!!
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 01:36 pm
all this imports are not beta dan daine klate, dey hve 2 lig titles combined and daine is siting wth four lig titles and de 5th will be celebrated with operation ngena e grounding...fine pirates if u want.

sho, pirates playa hve more titles dan chiefs, we shuld as well call him de mighty daine klate
posted: 01:37 pm

Why call it operation vat alles if you failed to win the league - just a question.

Pirates fans called it a TREBLE, we played all cup finals, that could have been an operation fat alles.
Gucci Man
posted: 01:38 pm
My fovorite are Jeff Buttler and Muhsin Ertugral
posted: 01:38 pm
@Malec and Doda, national Panasonic Cup was not a minor competition like Charity Spectacular. I still remember KC beating Celtic in the final with the late Ricky Phuka the scorer and winning player of the tournament in 1986. I'm sure both of you were still young to know this; the cup has equal status to the Ohlossons Cup. Another thing Palacious is Pirates coach in 2012 not KC coach.
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 01:40 pm

ur comment is zebra fried by nyawana using de right leg to pill potatoes at de fish n chips.

its a shame 2 b a chimp dis days of operation brown envelope are long gone. we are left wth de dunusa operation powerline us and go on to win ziltch

pirates will b lukn to defend de 2 cups, lig title, redeeem demselv in de champs ligue, take back de donation of nedbank
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 01:45 pm
Gucci Man hola ya se dladleni la Sweyts...u grand, mphethe i oxygen machine for incase of de 19 may,lol
posted: 01:45 pm
Augusto Palacios (1990; 1995; 2012) interesting mr editor is mr palacios two timing both soweto teams is he bio?
posted: 01:46 pm
Ndoda please send my staff you know what am talking about
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 01:46 pm
operation vat alles is wat YEYE did

he got alles 4 legs
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 01:47 pm
Most of this coaches were a bunch of cows..! I would only mention Jeff Burgler, Mario Thuwana, Joe Frickleton and Paul Doleszar who made some impression..!
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 01:48 pm
chronic eish, excuses, excuses n more excuses

TO chiefs fans...its not money related, infact i can save chiefs from its debts
posted: 01:48 pm
Joe Frieckleton was also a good coach, he swept amost everything in 1984, coaching Chiefs of Garth Alladyce, Jimmy Joubert, Samora Khulu, Teenage Dladla, Ace Ntsoelenqoe and others.
posted: 01:51 pm
I liked operation vat alles for the vibe. Who said I am a KC fan? I appreciate a good thing. We won the league under Krol but it was not exciting.
posted: 01:57 pm
Whats all this big hoo-haa about this poor guy? I really dont understand all this unnecessary hype about Kaizer Chiefs hiring a coach. With all those foreign coaches, how many league titles have they won???
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 01:57 pm
Most of this coaches coached both Orlando Pirates and Chimpanzees eg. Ted Dumitru, Eddie Lewis, Mario Thuwana, Joe Frickleton, Augusto Palacious, Geoff Hudson, Walter Da Silva and Kosta Papic..!!
posted: 01:59 pm
Mare u Joshua doore was fine
Godfrey u nshaisa mabonda
posted: 02:13 pm
@champ mopheme, Eddie Lewis, Ted Dumitru, Phillip Trossier, Muhsin were good coaches. VV was a good coach but he lacks man management skills that's the reason he failed at Chiefs
Dr_Prof_(Soccer Analyst_Anti-KickOff and Soccer Laduma)
posted: 02:17 pm
Like it or no, Kaizer Chiefs is the biggest team in South Africa, the way media is so hype with every happening at this team bears testimony to this statement, let's wait and see if Orlando something will receive the same amount of coverage, I mean the coverage of Chiefs appointing Baxter by far supersede that of Oraldo something winning trebble.

posted: 02:19 pm
Hawu Missus editor? When did Augusto Palaciuos coach Chiefs in 2012? Unamanga! THEY wish they had Njenje in 2012.
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