Kaizer Chiefs defender, Erick Mathoho, has admitted that the CAF Champions League affected the club’s performance in the PSL and Nedbank Cup.
Speaking in issue 873 of Soccer Laduma the 24-year-old defender said that continental competition did take it’s toll on the team, but insisted that they never took any tournament any less seriously because of their situation.
‘Tower’ said, “What I can say is that it's true that they (CAF Champions League games) affected us to a certain extent, but a game is a game and we can't say we don't want to play Champions League or whatever. We want to play every tournament, but it's true at times that we become tired from playing in many tournaments.
“We take each and every game very seriously. If you look at Kaizer Chiefs, each and every player has his own work and duties to perform. You can’t say that because certain players didn't play in a game that we were not serious about a tournament. We are serious about all tournaments we play in. Every player wants to produce good results in all the games we play.
“I think the CAF competition disturbed us, you see. We were on top and then fell behind with games in hand, but the travelling up and down in Africa made it more difficult. When we lost in Africa we were very worried and that affected our morale and that’s what I think disturbed us in the league.”