Zeca Marques: I'm capable of being new Kaizer Chiefs coach


Former Moroka Swallows head coach Zeca Marques says he is more than capable of coaching a gigantic club such as Kaizer Chiefs.

Amakhosi parted ways with coach Ernst Middendorp this week after winning only two of their eight matches in the bio-bubble, which saw the Soweto team miss out on the Absa Premiership title.

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The Portugal-born mentor holds a UEFA coaching licence and has managed three teams in South Africa, namely Moroka Swallows [Swallows FC], Black Leopards and Santos.

Marques, who will always be remembered for helping Swallows win the MTN8 in the 2012/13 season, says at one stage he was told by the Naturena-based side that he lacked European experience.

"It was a friend of mine who spoke to them," Marques tells KickOff.com.

"And they said no, I don't have the European experience. That's all. There's nothing wrong with that. It was a friend who asked and they said we're looking for a coach with European experience, and it's fine.

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"I'm more than capable of coaching Chiefs, yes obviously. I have a UEFA Pro Licence which is more than capable. I know my qualities of being a coach. My qualifications make me more than capable of coaching Chiefs. With the UEFA Pro Licence you are on par to coach... you know not everyone has a UEFA Pro Licensc, because it's the highest licence you can get. If you get that licence, you must know you are capable of coaching teams."

When asked what he would bring to Chiefs that is not there now, he replies: "I think I can bring new energy, new mindsets and definitely a winning mentality where players can enjoy the working environment.

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"The coach-player relationship definitely, which is important, connecting with the players as a coach. That is what I can bring to Chiefs because that is modern football... connecting with players.

"It's very easy to say I'm gonna bring trophies. But you have to assess how the club works, you have to assess the club's culture, you have to assess what is right and what is wrong, what is working and what is not working."

Marques' last stint in South Africa ended on a sour note with Swallows FC, who roped in Brandon Truter from Richards Bay last year and won automatic to the PSL for next season.

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