Mo­taung voices ire over poor sea­son

CityPress - - Sport - TIMOTHY MOLOBI timothy@city­press.co.za

Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Mo­taung has ac­knowl­edged the club’s mis­takes and has un­der­taken to right them, and skip­per Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala has de­fended be­lea­guered coach Steve Kom­phela.

At the club’s end-of-sea­son awards event on Thurs­day night, an emo­tional Mo­taung went to great lengths to de­scribe the heartache the team had put their sup­port­ers through.

He said the fact that Amakhosi had gone two sea­sons with­out any sil­ver­ware was proof that some­thing was wrong at the club.

Mo­taung also had some harsh words for the play­ers, say­ing they did not come to the party and he urged them to bounce back next sea­son.

“It is very sore for us to go two sea­sons with­out a tro­phy, and it doesn’t auger well in your jour­ney to be re­mem­bered as the class that de­liv­ered noth­ing. It was an ‘eish mo­ment’ kind of sea­son, and we need to ask our­selves where we went wrong.”

He added that it would be up to ev­ery­body to erad­i­cate the “eish mo­ments”.

“It was un­prece­dented for us to con­cede so many goals. Even up front, we were not up to scratch. We need to con­sol­i­date and ad­dress the gaps that we have iden­ti­fied, then we will be home and dry.”

How­ever, he was quick to say that Chiefs would not be ag­gres­sive on the trans­fer mar­ket.

“We are not go­ing to be made on the mar­ket. We will just have to make the right de­ci­sions and get the right skills where we need them.”

Mo­taung con­firmed, how­ever, that they would re­lease a few play­ers.

“Some of the play­ers we brought last sea­son did not come to the party as they played less than 10% of the matches. We got play­ers we thought were of good qual­ity, but some ended up on the bench. Some­times you get it right and other times you don’t. Un­for­tu­nately, it did not turn out well for us.”

Mo­taung also said that there was no rea­son to let Kom­phela go.

That sen­ti­ment was shared by the club’s foot­baller of the sea­son, Tsha­bal­ala, who said the play­ers should shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the club’s two poor sea­sons.

“I am happy the coach is stay­ing and thank the chair for sup­port­ing him. Now it is up to us to fight for him on the field,” said Tsha­bal­ala, who walked away with five awards, pock­et­ing at to­tal of R210 000.

Tsha­bal­ala won the player of the sea­son, top goal scorer, goal of the sea­son, fan player of the sea­son and player of the month awards.

“We can talk and talk, but it is up to us to fight for the badge, for the sup­port­ers and our­selves. It is a col­lec­tive ef­fort and we can­not just put the blame on the coach – we are also to blame,” the skip­per said.

Tsha­bal­ala said he was re­ceiv­ing the main award with a heavy heart as Chiefs had noth­ing to show for the sea­son.

“I want to win tro­phies more than in­di­vid­ual ac­co­lades. Hope­fully, we will bounce back stronger next sea­son be­cause we can’t af­ford to go three sea­sons with­out a tro­phy.”

Fan player of the sea­son –

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