Kaizer Chiefs have endured a torrid season thus far, which has culminated in the inevitability of a trophyless campaign. Soccer Laduma analyses some of the factors working against coach, Steve Komphela.
The first time the Glamour Boys won the PSL was in 2003/04. They completed the double the following year under the guidance of Ted Dumitru. Before this, Chiefs won the National Soccer League with Jeff Butler in 1992. After Dumitru’s success, it took eight years, before Stuart Baxter guided them to league victory in 2012/13 and then again in 2014/15.
In essence, history suggests that it takes Chiefs about 8.5 years on average to find a league-winning coach after a period of success. This statistic certainly works against Komphela as eight years is a long time and success (and a great deal of it), would be expected long before that.
The Naturena-based outfit arguably find themselves without a real go-to-guy. With the sun rapidly setting on the Siphiwe Tshabalala’s era, there appears to be no prodigy on the horizon.
Historically, Chiefs are a team who need to build their squad around. Moreover, their core players are quickly aging and it’s doubtful whether the team’s youngsters are experienced enough to fill the growing void.
Chiefs need to follow Mamelodi Sundowns’ example and bring in top-quality talent in the next transfer window, unlike in the past few transfer windows when most of the buys have been, with due respect, not as successful as hoped. Chiefs need stars, not squad players. The fans demand no less.
Time is one thing, the former Maritzburg United mentor, does not have. As much as some will lobby for time, patience and understanding for Komphela, it is simply something he doesn’t have.
Kaizer Chiefs is a proud club with a rich history and highly expectant supporters. The fans have not been shy to voice their displeasure with the team’s current performance and more so, with the teams coach. Following the Glamour Boys league loss against Jomo Cosmos, Amakhosi players, formed a protective guard around their coach, as fans ripped up barricades and chanted: ‘Komphela Must Fall!’
Losing consecutive cup-finals against Ajax Cape Town (MTN8) and Mamelodi Sundowns (TKO) early in the season, coupled with two humiliating defeats against to arch-rivals, Orlando Pirates certainly hasn’t eased Komphela’s growing list of woes.
Do you think the coach is at fault for Chiefs disappointing season? Which player(s) should Amakhosi be looking to acquire?