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Williams: Chiefs Playing With Players’ Minds

In Fan Park’s final part of the interview with Mark Williams, the former striker admitted that Kaizer Chiefs can ‘play with their players’ minds’ and believes no player will taste success at Sundowns. 

The 48-year-old spoke about the on-going transfer politics at Naturena, which has seen the likes of Itumeleng Khune, Tefu Mashamaite, Mandla Masango, Ivan Bukenya, and George Lebese head into the last few months of their contracts.

Having spent a season on the club’s books, we asked Williams what he thought of the situation at Naturena, and he believes it is down to the club potentially using a bit of reverse psychology.

“Let me be honest with you… I think sometimes Chiefs do it because they are a big club,” he told Fan Park.

“They can sort of play with players’ minds and say: ‘Listen here, we are going to give you those last two months to think about it.’

“When other clubs would rather sign their players for three years in a row then they got the players, but then, on the other side, I would prefer players, who leave a club like Chiefs, to go overseas because that is the only way up.”

Williams continued by saying that there is no bigger and more accomplished club in South Africa than Chiefs.

Speaking from experience, the popular pundit admitted that moving to Chloorkop after Chiefs is not a good idea, claiming that no achievement will ever be tasted in Tshwane.

“They want to go to Sundowns and there they don’t improve - I was one of them. It is very seldom you are going to have success there,” he continued.   

“Most of the top players that went to Sundowns failed. Not because they didn’t play, but because there were too many players.

“My thing is that they should go overseas and if that is what Khune and the rest want to do, I’ll be happy for them… Then, they will be able to bring all that experience back to South Africa.

“If they stay at Sundowns – they already have four top goalkeepers, they have four strikers, they have four defenders – so do they need more? No!” 

Williams capped off by saying: “That is football, they [Sundowns] have got the money and maybe they want to weaken some teams by getting their best players, but that doesn’t mean they will get success.” 

Do you agree with the sentiments conveyed by Williams?


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