Every team around the globe was busy buying, releasing and loaning out players. These are usually the most exciting times for our team's supporters, but that is not the case for some Amakhosi faithful.
They claim their team only signed out-of-contract players and therefore won't be as successful as they are perceived to be this season. Many blame their coach, Steve Komphela, for their shortfalls last season and the poor start to the new season. There are those who believe the team has acquired enough quality to challenge for honours this season, though. The fact of the matter is, if the Chiefs management and the technical staff believe that they have acquired enough talent to conquer this season, then I think everybody should respect that and wait to see how everything unfolds throughout the campaign.
We should also remember that Chiefs haven't been that much of a buying team over the years, but instead made a lot of unknowns into the stars they became. If you go back, the names of Lucas Radebe, the great Doctor Khumalo, Ntsie Maphike, Thabo Mooki, Jabu Pule, Brian Baloyi, Knowledge Musona, Itumeleng Khune, Collins Mbesuma, Willard Katsande, to mention just a few, were not known before they played for Amakhosi, and yet their names rings bells to every football supporter's ears whenever they are mentioned now.
However, some have argued that, yes, there is no disputing that, but that was yesteryear, we are in a new era now. The football manager at Chiefs, Mr Bobby Motaung, has always emphasised that they have their signing policy and are not about to change it. Well, one could argue and say it has worked for them in the past, but again it hasn't been that successful of late, according to the stats. We can't forget, though, that Amakhosi were the PSL champions in the 2014/15 season, so one could argue and say it has yielded some results.
Some supporters have come out and said it is the hype that is being created by the media that makes people expect Chiefs to sign certain players. Even so, Amakhosi are regarded as one of the biggest teams on the continent, a Manchester United of Africa, so the hype is understandable.
One thing that we all know is that the Amakhosi faithful love their team, and it saddens them to be second to teams like Sundowns and their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates. Whether the Amakhosi's new signings will deliver or not this season remains to be seen.
After all, we need a strong Chiefs, a strong Pirates and a strong Sundowns for our PSL to remain strong!
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