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Kaizer Chiefs have appointed Molefi Ntseki as the Club’s Head of Technical and Youth Development Academy.

He joins on a 3-year deal, with an option for a further two years.

“The new appointment comes as Amakhosi look to further strengthen the institution’s technical operations of building teams that will compete strongly at all levels,” confirmed Chiefs.

“We are delighted to have Molefi Ntseki at Kaizer Chiefs,” says Chairman Kaizer Motaung. “Molefi comes at the right time as we implement changes that we believe are necessary for the Club as we go into the future. We strongly believe that we have appointed the right person for the position as he is someone who has really worked at all stages of football, from school level, youth structures and all our national teams.”

Ntseki will have the responsibility of advising on all technical operations and developing the strategy for the senior team, Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy and the reserves.

The Free State-born tactician is not new to Kaizer Chiefs as he has worked with members of the Chiefs technical team during his time with Bafana Bafana as a coach, where he called up assistant coach Arthur Zwane, goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter and analyst Mark Davy to work with him during a number of international matches.

At Chiefs, the 51-year-old Ntseki will work with all the members of the senior team and also oversee the Club’s Development Academy and scouting department.

His role will help with maintaining the link between the Academy and the first team and ensure that they are aligned with the Kaizer Chiefs values, ethos and traditions. He will be the custodian of Kaizer Chiefs’ culture and preserve our football philosophy so that the transition from youth to the senior level is seamless.

“We want to make progress in the way we run our football technical operations at all levels,” adds Chairman Motaung. “We also do not want to lose all the good lessons we have learned in as far as our Youth Development Academy is concerned. Kaizer Chiefs has seen good players come through our youth structures and we would like for that to continue.”

“Our youth coaches have done a tremendous job over the years and we have seen them identify and promote great talent for Chiefs and the national junior teams. It’s important that we keep the Chiefs DNA intact and uniformity to ensure we hire the right people who will be the custodians of what we are building.”

As a firm believer in modern football trends, Ntseki’s new position will also provide insights in what is happening internationally to ensure that we are not left behind when it comes to modern trends as football keeps evolving and has become much more scientific.

Other responsibilities Ntseki will have will include upskilling, mentoring and training of our coaches.

“We look forward to Molefi’s contribution within the Kaizer Chiefs set-up. We believe he will work well with all the coaches from senior to junior levels and members of the technical team as we continue to build the Club and maintain its position in South African football and growth in Africa.”

Ntseki will commence his duties on 1 June 2021.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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