Sunday Observer - - SPORT - OHANNESBURG Goal

J- Kaizer Chiefs play­ers are let­ting down the club and coach Steve Kom­phela‚ says de­fender Kgotso Moleko.

Kom­phela is go­ing through the “fire”‚ as full­back Moleko put it this week‚ em­pha­sis­ing also that Chiefs’ next two matches are not easy.

Af­ter play­ing Bloem­fontein Celtic in the friendly Macufe Cup at Free State Sta­dium to­day (3pm)‚ Amakhosi re­turn to of­fi­cial ac­tion against African cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs on Oc­to­ber 17‚ then meet Or­lando Pi­rates in the Soweto Derby four days later.

Moleko said he is “sad” to see Kom­phela un­der so much pres­sure from the sup­port­ers‚ who are de­mand­ing the lat­ter be sacked af­ter two sea­sons with­out a tro- phy.

“I can say as play­ers I think we owe the coach and we owe the club (to start do­ing well) ‚” the de­fender said.

“It’s so sad to see that peo­ple are blam­ing him and as play­ers we are sad‚ be­cause we are disap- point­ing him. We need to fight to­gether and try to get some re­sults for the club. I think that’s what we can do.

“I think we don’t have luck and some­times it is lack of fo­cus. I think that’s what has let us down most of the time. You can see we are try­ing to play good foot­ball‚ but some­times it’s not get­ting there.”

Moleko’s sen­ti­ments were echoed by goal­keeper Bril­liant Khuzwayo‚ who said he un­der­stood why Kom­phela has been shield­ing the play­ers from blame.

In any fam­ily‚ there is a fa­ther‚ there’s a mother and there are chil­dren. The fa­ther is the head‚ so ev­ery mis­take that hap­pens at home‚ the fa­ther should stand up all the time and pro­tect the chil­dren‚” Khuzwayo said.

De­fender Kgotso Moleko.

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