Nasreddine Nabi is not the only coach Kaizer Chiefs are engaging for the head coach job.
The Glamour Boys are also understood to be flirting with the idea of imposing incumbent Arthur Zwane on his potential successor, although they could be swayed to go in a different direction to agree terms with their target.
According to several independent sources, Amakhosi have received interest from a number of tacticians currently on the market for a job and willing to explore and take up a new project in South Africa.
Chiefs opened talks with Nabi recently, moving swiftly to offer him the job at Naturena following a disappointing 2022/23 season under Zwane, who was appointed 13 months ago on a three-year deal.
The Soweto giants finished fifth and their trophy drought stretched to eight years.
Nabi remains the favourite to be hired because of his background as a coach who’s worked on the continent in Algeria, Sudan, Egypt and now Tanzania where he won a second successive treble with Young Africans on Monday.
But his contract there will expire in July, with sources confirming he is set to leave to either take up the Chiefs offer or move to the Gulf region.
Nabi has insisted on his own technical team should he take up the Amakhosi job and is not keen on inheriting Zwane as part of his backroom staff.
The public broadcaster has learnt, however, that though he is the preferred candidate at Naturena he is not the only one being considered.
It’s emerged that sporting director Kaizer Motaung JR has received countless CVs from coaches around the world and is going through them like a fine-tooth comb and that more interviews are lined up.
Chiefs don’t seem to be in a hurry, publicly at least, as they’ve not made any announcements regarding incoming players and exits at the end of the season, and this suggests the hierarchy could be waiting on the new coach’s input.
Nabi is not expected to wait forever either for confirmation whether his demands will be met – he has pending offers elsewhere too.