Fabian McCarthy expects Kaizer Chiefs signing spree before 2018/19 season
Posted: 12 June 2018 Time: 13:00
Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Fabian McCarthy suspects the club will dominate the media space with coaching and player signings before the season starts.
Chiefs just lost out to Mamelodi Sundowns for the services of Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali, while their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates caused a stir by announcing nine new signings on Monday, which included the capture of goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo, who turned down a contract extension offer at Naturena.
Amakhosi were also said to be targeting CAF Champions League winner Patrice Carteron as a contender to replace the departed Steve Komphela, but the French coach has ended speculation over his future by taking charge of Egyptian giants Al-Ahly.
McCarthy, who won two league titles in a five-year spell with Chiefs, presumes the Soweto giants are making moves behind the scenes in a bid to end the three-year trophy drought under Komphela.
"Maybe before the pre-season starts or maybe a week in pre-season [Chiefs will reveal signings]. Definitely knowing Chiefs, they want to keep it a surprise, they want to come up and make headlines," says McCarthy.
"I just hope that whoever they're busy negotiating with or have already sealed a deal with will be somebody like, in my opinion, that needs to be strong in terms of character.
"He [the new coach] needs to be very strong in terms of experience. He needs to be a coach where you can say he's a father figure, he's a mentor, he's everything that a coach is. When he goes to a game he knows his job, he can change.
"I don't like to say coaches are good, but I see a good coach when he can take a team of players to the next level from where they are, from when he signed them or found them."