Good morning Khosi fans. Tuesday’s defeat is still ringing in my ears and it has left me pondering over certain factors at the club and the state of management. I have to admit, I am concerned…
The team has performed emphatically well this season, but as our sluggish start to 2015 weighs heavily on our shoulders, I have picked up a few areas in the club that need questioning.
Here is where I have found some flaws…
Letting Go Of Star Players
As noted yesterday, Bobby Motaung and company let Knowledge Musona, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Kingston Nkhatha leave all within 12 months of each other. These three strikers were all key men for the club and were serving Amakhosi loyally and impressively. Their departures have weighed heavily on the club and that is evident in the lack of goals the team has scored via our forwards.
Having secured the signatures of Siphiwe Tshabalala for a few more seasons, there are two more big names who are yet to put pen-to-paper. Both Itumeleng Khune and Tefu Mashamaite are two huge names in the Amakhosi set-up, and the fact that they are yet to extend their stay, despite only a few months remaining on their contract, is worrying. Not only that, George Lebese and Mandla Masango are also due new deals. What is also upsetting is why management hasn’t come out to explain the delay or assure the fans.
Off Field Drama
Outside of the clubhouse, there has also been several off field problems. This, of course, does not directly affect management, but it does impact the balance of the team in some way. Both George Lebese and Eric Mathoho reportedly have their own on-going issues in their personal life, which could impact their performances.
Baxter Yet To Confirm Future
While Stuart Baxter may have extended his stay with the club until June 2016, the Englishman has not come out in recent times to confirm he will last that long, especially after threatening to leave when the boo boys reignited their dislike for Nkhatha. Baxter is a bit of a nomad and does tend to move around a lot, never staying in the same place for more than three seasons... Maybe that is also impacting the players from extending their contracts?
No Trust Placed In Youth
It seems a habit for the ‘bigger’ teams to not put any emphasis on producing youth and giving youth a chance to break through into the first team. This is particularly a fault of Chiefs… They may be able to buy players that will help the team win, but they also need to create stock from the youth academies.
Books May Balance – But When Was Chiefs’ Last Investment?
Now I know I said that Chiefs need to perhaps have more faith in their youth, but when was the last time the club really invested in a player and spent big? There has to be a healthy balance. Musona’s arrival was only a loan spell and that never worked out for a second season, while Morgan Gould, who the club spent big on, has sadly been injury plagued since his arrival at the Village. Killer Mphela has been much the same as Gould, and it seems that George Maluleka and Mathoho have probably been the best investment since Baxter’s arrival.
My love for Chiefs remains stronger than ever but there are a few areas that we need to be cautious of. Strange how some of these factors all coincide with the defeat to SuperSport United...
Khosi fans, do you agree that these are some areas of concern?