Ex-Bucs, Chiefs coach: I'm available


Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates coach Kosta Papic has confirmed his interest in returning to the PSL next season.

Papic is back home in Serbia after parting ways with the Eswatini national team last year.

The Serbian coach has led a number of teams in the PSL including Chiefs, Pirates, Maritzburg United, Black Leopards and Polokwane City, and like many coaches, he also had a short stint at Chippa United.

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Papic, who last coached troubled Royal Eagles in South Africa, says he is ready to listen to offers from top clubs in the country even though there is interest in his services from elsewhere.

"I love South Africa. I enjoyed my stay there. It's a nice country with great people," Papic tells KickOff.com.

"If there is a chance to come back, why not? I am following the results. I am following the comments of coaches and players in the media.

"There is interest somewhere but I haven't heard from anyone from South Africa. My ambition is to win the league, the Champions League and many things. That's what I'm busy planning now for my next project."

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The 60-year-old tactician refused to be drawn into commenting on the performance of Pirates, the first big club he coached in the PSL from 2004 to 2006.

"I have coached in Tanzania. I have coached in South Africa. I have coached in Swaziland. And obviously I follow the results wherever I have worked," Papic adds.

Rumours have been going around that Pirates are considering replacing Josef Zinnbauer, while Ernst Middendorp's future at Chiefs is in doubt after his side lost the league title.

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AmaZulu and Black Leopards could also be in the market having installed caretaker-coaches for the end of the 2019/20 season, while Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila are yet to appoint a coach for when their takeover of Bidvest Wits is made official.

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