Chief Rhoo lashes lack of player qual­ity at Amakhosi

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MOHAU RAMASHIDJA

LU­CAS RADEBE can’t put his fin­ger on what has re­ally led to his former club, Kaizer Chiefs, go­ing two full sea­sons with­out a sin­gle tro­phy in their cabi­net.

But the Amakhosi le­gend reck­ons that the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of play­ers don’t have the re­quired hunger, nor the high re­gard for the badge for which they are play­ing for, hence they have ended up fail­ing to live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of their fans in re­cent sea­sons.

Speak­ing at the Heineken Uefa Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal View­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence at the Nas­rec Expo Cen­tre this past week­end, Radebe said that it was quite dis­ap­point­ing to see his former side be­ing un­able to chal­lenge for hon­ours for the past two cam­paigns.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing for a big team, such as Chiefs, to have fin­ished this sea­son with­out hav­ing won a sin­gle (tro­phy) re­ally,” Radebe said. “I un­der­stand the frus­tra­tion from the fans be­cause this is a team that is used to pro­duc­ing some form of sil­ver­ware in ev­ery sin­gle cam­paign they get to par­tic­i­pate in.

“It’s quite ev­i­dent that there’s a lot that’s lack­ing here at the club.

“It’s ei­ther the qual­ity of play­ers (is not that good), or it’s some­thing deeper than that. Just look at the play­ers who are play­ing there,” Lu­cas added, sound­ing unim­pressed with the cur­rent squad Chiefs have.

“If teams like Bid­vest Wits and Mamelodi Sun­downs can get bet­ter play­ers than Chiefs, then there’s def­i­nitely some­thing wrong (hap­pen­ing at Chiefs). But then again, con­grat­u­la­tions to Wits for win­ning the League ti­tle. They’ve been con­sis­tent enough in get­ting good re­sults and they truly de­serve it.”

Radebe, who won ev­ery­thing that was on of­fer on the do­mes­tic front with Chiefs be­fore he earned a move to go a play for Leeds United back in 1994, said the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of play­ers needed re­mind­ing of the legacy which was left be­hind by leg­ends such as Pa­trick ‘Ace’ Nt­soe­len­goe and Teenage Dladla – just to men­tion a few – who played their hearts out to turn Chiefs into the re­spected brand that it is today.

Do­ing that, ‘Rhoo’ – as Radebe is af­fec­tion­ately known – be­lieves, will get the team to per­form at a level which is ex­pected of them.

“To don that Chiefs jersey is not easy,” Radebe ex­plained.

“And to fol­low into the foot­steps of play­ers who wore it be­fore and try to pro­duce the type of re­sults and tro­phies they were able to pro­duce dur­ing their play­ing days, it’s even tougher.

“(This cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of play­ers) re­ally need to sweat blood and tears and wear that jersey with pride each time they take to the field of play. They’ve been lack­ing those qual­i­ties for the past two sea­sons.”

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