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THE BREAKDOWN: What To Expect From Chiefs This Season

Previewing Kaizer Chiefs' 2017/18 season

By Kyle Smith - Sep 02, 2017 04:10 PM @KyleLaduma

Now that the 2017/18 season is underway, we take a look at what little league action we’ve seen and identify what key areas of the game have changed and what has stayed the same at Kaizer Chiefs.

Read more: Ins & Outs At Chiefs

After another disappointing trophyless campaign for Steve Komphela last season, Amakhosi will be desperate to return to winning ways and have signed four players in Teenage Hadebe, Bongolethu Jayiya, Dumisani Zuma and Philani Zulu to add some quality to the team.

A number of departures, including Edward Manqele, Siphelele Mthembu and Lucky Baloyi have also seen some players that were surplus to requirements cut from the team. However, none of the new signings have seen minutes on the pitch, as of yet, and we will not be able to discuss what changes they will bring.

However, with Patrick Mabedi’s appointment as Komphela’s assistant, we have seen some changes. There have been just two games played so far and it can’t be expected that we will see the same for the rest of the season. It does, however, provide an indicator of what could be coming over the course of the season.

Click through the images above to see the changes in Kaizer Chiefs’ team statistics so far, this season.

Chiefs only managed a draw against Bloemfontein Celtic on the opening matchday and a loss to SuperSport United on matchday two, which has seen them earn just one point so far, scoring twice, conceding three times. They have therefore scored fewer goals and conceded more on average. The early signs are somewhat concerning, but, even though it has been a slow start, there’s work to be done.

Digging a little deeper, Chiefs have actually done worse in almost every respect this season, thus far. Last season, on average, they had the lion’s share of possession, making 467.2 passes per game at an accuracy of 80.7%. This season, they haven’t kept possession longer than their respective opponents and have made less passes, albeit at a higher rate of accuracy.

Furthermore, their defensive actions have decreased rather dramatically from 17.9 per game to 9,5. This may, however, not be a bad thing and could be because they’re inviting less pressure. Indeed, they have conceded marginally fewer shots, which is encouraging.

In 50/50 situations, however, they have been winning fewer balls in the air and none the ground, but they have been conservative to greater effect, picking their battles and have been more successful in winning the ball back in the air, when required. In fact, their 80% aerial duel win against SuperSport United was nothing short of fantastic. However, they were worse off on the ground, winning just 20% of those duels. On average, they have been worse on the ground this season and it will undoubtedly be something that they will be looking into in an attempt to rectify this.

The greatest talking point will be on their performance in front of goal this season. They have only averaged nine shots per game, as opposed to last season’s already concerning figure of 11.7 and their accuracy has declined from 30,6% to 25%.

All in all, Chiefs will be concerned that they have yet to record a win and that their defensive contributions have been less prominent. The problems in attack appear to be set to continue and, what’s perhaps the greatest concern is that their midfielders haven’t been as consistently dominant in keeping possession and passing the ball than has been the case in the past. The only positive seems to be their success in the air.

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The club will have to take note and make sure that they step up their game after the international break if they are to turn results to their favour.

Do you think there’s cause for concern at Kaizer Chiefs?


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Teanty kaMfana Joined: 02 Oct 2017
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Teanty kaMfana Oct 02, 2017 04:02 PM
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llumadi Sep 04, 2017 07:56 AM
Season with no trophy
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Kabzz Sep 04, 2017 06:54 AM
I'm 100% behind the team and Steve, the table will turn gentleman,their play is impressive, maar net goals guys goals
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ndingo ndingo Sep 04, 2017 01:16 AM
Sometimes lucky count when it comes to a game of football,lets wait and see Makhosi amahle good lucky abafana bokuthula noxolo.
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Glamour boys akaKhosination Sep 03, 2017 10:36 AM
I feel sorry for Steve because he is gonna be hang and dry because of Motaung family.
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indidane Sep 03, 2017 10:00 AM
Useless Pigs
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Montello minello Sep 03, 2017 09:50 AM
@JingleBells Mosimane...u rite it's gud 2 support the team through thick & thin...and it's also intolerant 2 support injustice and oppression...how do u stand by a person who's intention is 2 fail...silence is crime!!!!!!!!!!!
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Chapta1 Sep 03, 2017 08:41 AM
Poor zebras
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TAXorVAT Sep 03, 2017 08:21 AM
@mosekaphofu maggosim, Good thanks and yourself member?
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mosekaphofu maggosim Sep 03, 2017 08:10 AM
@TAXorVAT,,, long time Sir! Hw a u?
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mosekaphofu maggosim Sep 03, 2017 08:07 AM
We expect more frm Chiefs
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TAXorVAT Sep 03, 2017 08:06 AM
Sitting comfortably at position 13, come 30th league game, then gets contract renewal. #TSND!
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mosekaphofu maggosim Sep 03, 2017 08:05 AM
@Zakhelema,,, Lol, Ayi
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Bragibbz Sep 03, 2017 07:10 AM
Nothing is concrete that we will get its only the same story of being trophyless as i see malongoane and jayiya not getting game times we use the same old players so we expect nothing!
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DopeZN Sep 03, 2017 06:35 AM
Out of all teams you just had to choose Chiefs... we need news not predictions mxm
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KamvaSifiso Sep 03, 2017 06:30 AM
Cows eating grass
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Sam-4-Downz Sep 03, 2017 05:15 AM
I expect chiefs to win all the remaining trophies with no less than 7-0 scoreline against every opposition they face.
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langutanithom@gmail.com Sep 03, 2017 05:13 AM
Sometimes, we need to address fact of the matter and highlight what one think might be the cause of 2 season of trophyless in the Chiefs Camp. I take issues with the coach first, he's one of the good coach in the league but he cant win silveware. Secondly, players might be failing to gear coach's playing stylish and as such they produce poor results. I think new coach is seriously needed at Chiefs.
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Zakhelema Sep 03, 2017 04:52 AM
no Khompela we have been patient with you but you can't bring results, all you know is black label
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