There are at least nine Kaizer Chiefs players who are out of contract at the end of the season and coach Gavin Hunt was on Thursday asked about their uncertain futures.
Among them is captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Kgotso Moleko, Willard Katsande and Bernard Parker to name just four.
Hunt, speaking to the media ahead of the DStv Premiership Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates on Sunday, was quizzed on whether the fact that the club is yet to announce decisions on some of the squad members had anything to do with their current poor run.
Chiefs did release Siphelele Ntshangase last week and confirmed Siyabonga Ngezana had been given a new three year-deal.
But several are still in limbo.
“I mean, if you are a professional footballer you play – I always say to players, you are in the shop window. You should be playing and training everyday like somebody is watching you,” the coach told journalists.
“If you do that then the football gods will take care of you. That’s how I work, every day is a trial. We need to be better than before and things will take care of themselves. I certainly don’t want players cheating the game. You will get caught out. That’s how I look at it and we need to forget about it and try play every game like it’s our last.”
Chiefs head into the derby against the Buccaneers having managed a single win in 11 matches across all competitions.
The Siya crew has also recently reported that Hunt himself is under scrutiny from the Amakhosi hierarchy as they expect a Top 8 finish in May, or his position as head coach, despite still having two more years on his contract, will be reviewed.
“I haven’t seen anybody cutting corners,” said Hunt.
“That’s important. We’ve been shoulder to the wheel, everybody has been putting work in and I can’t fault them. It was a good performance on Tuesday (away to Petro de Luanda in the CAF Champions League). We worked hard and that’s all I can ask of the players. As long as we work hard, putting an effort and giving their all that’s the most important thing.”
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