A plan to dethrone Chiefs

2010-10-20 00:00

AMAZULU assistant coach Fani Madida­’s unique inside knowledge of the workings of Kaizer Chiefs could come in handy for his side when they take on Amakhosi in a Telkom Knockout first-round clash at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday­ night.

The match takes place on a bumper day for football fans, because on Saturday afternoon Chiefs’ arch- rivals­, Orlando Pirates, face Lamontville­ Golden Arrows at Chatsworth Stadium in their first- round meeting.

In his playing days, Madida enjoyed a successful career with Chiefs, winning numerous trophies and accolades.

However, since hanging up his boots and venturing into coaching in 2000, Madida has taken time to enjoy success.

Stints as head coach at the now-defunct Tembisa Classic, Dobsonville All Nations, Durban Stars and Abaqulusi proved to be a learning curve for the Newcastle-born former striker.

Now as assistant coach to Ama- Zulu head coach Manqoba Mngqithi­, Madida will be looked upon­ to transfer his knowledge of Chiefs to help the Usuthu overcome a wobbly start to the season in Saturday night’s match.

The last time Madida participated in the Telkom competition it was as assistant to then-Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral two years ago, when Amakhosi returned to Natu-rena with their tails between their legs.

A ruthless Richard Henyekane was the thorn in the flesh of the Chiefs defence, firing his Golden Arrows side to a 4-1 win at Chatsworth Stadium.

Interestingly, Madida’s head coach at Usuthu, Mngqithi, was in charge of Arrows that season. Together, the two men from a teaching background will attempt to come up with a plan to down Chiefs this weekend.

Last season, Usuthu reached the Nedbank Cup final, and the semi-finals of the two other major cup competitions. With the experience of Madida and Mngqithi, who guided Arrows to victory in the MTN8 last season, can the pair scheme Chief’s downfall this weekend?

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