Make Your P int


Soccer Laduma - - Make Your Point -


Kaizer Chiefs have lost to their archri­vals Or­lando Pi­rates for the umpteenth time. It is slowly be­com­ing a hobby for Pi­rates to beat Chiefs wher­ever and when­ever they play and what­ever they are play­ing for. It has be­come a bad habit on the part of Chiefs to lose to Pi­rates even when it is dif­fi­cult for Bucs to beat them. Now is not the time to point fingers and lay blame at the next guy. The coach is still good enough to coach the club. The play­ers are still good enough to play for the club. No one must be sac­ri­ficed for the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dents be­cause they are not per­ma­nent. Chiefs play­ers need mo­ti­va­tion and noth­ing else. We don’t need to fire the coach or re­lease play­ers, we just need to mo­ti­vate all of them. Re­mem­ber, it is not fa­mil­iar for Chiefs to go three sea­sons with­out a sin­gle tro­phy. That or­deal dam­aged the en­tire sys­tem and has af­fected the whole Chiefs fam­ily. We need to have a pos­i­tive mind­set to get pos­i­tive re­sults. We must truly sup­port our team, go to the sta­dium and cheer them on, win or lose. We must not put them un­der pres­sure to per­form mir­a­cles. To re­store their dig­nity and go back to win­ning ways, they must take it one game at a time and start scor­ing goals and win­ning games. Kaizer Chiefs, you are still the one of the big­gest clubs on the con­ti­nent. Vuy­isile Bovu, Mn­cun­cuzo, Cofimv­aba I’m very dev­as­tated to see our beloved team elim­i­nated from yet an­other cup com­pe­ti­tion. I smell an­other drought; my nos­trils ain’t fool­ing me. If Gio­vanni Soli­nas per­sists with the se­lec­tion of Mario Booysen, we are go­ing nowhere slowly. Booysen re­peated the same mis­take he made in the last derby, yet he is one of the tallest de­fend­ers. I see no rea­son why he is un­able to clear dan­ger­ous balls. Kaizer Chiefs’ back four needs a solid and vo­cal cen­tral de­fender, one able to come up with a way for­ward when things are not go­ing well in terms of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Yan­disa Mshumi, Cape Town I’m not an­gry that we lost to Or­lando Pi­rates yet again be­cause I don’t ex­pect any­thing from Gio­vanni Soli­nas’ Kaizer Chiefs any­more, but I don’t feel for the coach at all. Not only is this coach deaf but he is blind too. There’s not much dif­fer­ence be­tween the two re­cent der­bies in the sense that we con­ceded through our own mis­takes, cour­tesy of the so-called ‘ex­pe­ri­enced’ Mario Booysen yet again. I’m not mak­ing the guy a scape­goat. I just don’t for­give the ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers who re­peat­edly make stupid mis­takes, I for­give po­ten­tials be­cause they are learn­ing. Soli­nas’ team se­lec­tion is so in­con­sis­tent, yet he’s con­sis­tent in pick­ing Booysen in the start­ing line-up. There was a time when Siphelele Nt­shangase and Du­misani Zuma were de­vel­op­ing an un­der­stand­ing and he dis­man­tled it. It’s safe to say Soli­nas must leave now and take Booysen with. We have a long way with the CAF Cham­pi­ons League com­ing. We needed the coach who was go­ing to hit the ground run­ning. It was (not) nice to meet you, Sir. Good­bye Soli­nas, hello Luc Ey­mael! Lucky Khu­nou, Mer­it­ing Kaizer Chiefs dis­ap­pointed me by los­ing 2-1 to Or­lando Pi­rates on Sat- ur­day. Oh, the pain of los­ing twice to our noisy neigh­bours. Gio­vanni Soli­nas and his tech­ni­cal team need to pull up their socks be­cause the team is strug­gling. Ne­musunda Mm­boniseni, Lion Park Firstly, I want to con­grat­u­late Or­lando Pi­rates for a job well done and their con­tin­ued dom­i­nance in the Soweto Derby be­fore I rip into Chiefs’ ef­forts, or lack thereof. I don’t think our tech­ni­cal team watches our own games af­ter we have played. If they did, they would have re­alised that our cen­tre-back pair­ing of Siyabonga Ngezana and Mario Booysen is weak, leaky and costly. We might not have con­ceded goals against Chippa United, but we were badly ex­posed. Yet those guys started the derby again, the very same guys who cost us the pre­vi­ous derby. In the mid­dle of the park, Chiefs has no cre­ativ­ity at all. Ninety per­cent of Ge­orge Maluleka’s passes go back, with only 10 per­cent for­ward. Leonardo Cas­tro and Khama Bil­liat are no longer re­ceiv­ing the same ser­vice they re­ceived ear­lier in the sea­son, yet our coach doesn’t seem to see that gap that has been cre­ated by keep­ing Stash (Siphelele Nt­shangase) on the bench. Chiefs are so rigid and flat in mid­field with Wil­lard Kat­sande and Maluleka. Now Stash is rel­e­gated to the stands. We are be­com­ing hope­less, Mr Soli­nas. Please, get your house in or­der. By the way, it’s great that der­bies are alive lately. Thanks to Or­lando Pi­rates and their beau­ti­ful foot­ball. Makhado Ne­malili, via email Thumbs up to the Buc­ca­neers for their dom­i­nance over my beloved Amakhosi, a re­sult that pro­pelled Or­lando Pi­rates to the Telkom Knock­out fi­nal against Baroka FC. Pi­rates are a welloiled ma­chine since the reap­point­ment of coach Mi­cho and ac­qui­si­tion of Rhu­lani Mok­wena. As things stand, Amakhosi will never beat Pi­rates at any given time, as our back­line is in com­plete tur­moil, ex­ac­er­bated by a lack of tech­ni­cal/tac­ti­cal acu­men from the Kaizer Chiefs tech­ni­cal team. Yet again, like we pleaded with Steve Kom­phela, I sub­mit my hum­blest re­quest to Gio­vanni Soli­nas to re­sign from that hot seat. Amakhosi are not an or­di­nary team. Loward Ziga-Khosa, Nkuri-Tomu An­other bleak Christ­mas for Amakhosi faith­ful. The Kaizer Chiefs man­age­ment needs to take the blame for the team’s bad per­for­mances. How can you ex­pect to beat other teams if you did not ad­e­quately pre­pare the team dur­ing pre-sea­son? I no­ticed from the start­ing line-up that we were go­ing to lose against Or­lando Pi­rates be­cause the coach used the team that was beaten by Pi­rates in the league. It does not take a rocket sci­en­tist to re­alise that the pair­ing of Siyabonga Ngezana and Mario Booysen is not work­ing. They both lack lead­er­ship qual­i­ties. Both of them don’t know the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of de­fence. Sim­ply stated, one needs to mark the at­tack­ing player tight and the other one must play sweeper. Why was Siphelele Nt­shangase not even in the 18-men squad to play against the Buc­ca­neers? There is a lack of cre­ativ­ity in the mid­dle of the park be­cause our coach prefers to play de­fen­sive play­ers. Typ­i­cal Ital­ian. We are lack­ing goals be­cause no one is able to pro­vide de­cent passes to Leonard Cas­tro and Khama Bil­liat. Both Ge­orge Maluleka and Wil­lard Kat­sande are play­ing de­fen­sively and, as a re­sult, our at­tack­ing op­tions are com­pro­mised. If we look at our first three wins in the league, Nt­shangase was play­ing in the mid­dle of the park and he had good com­bi­na­tion play with Cas­tro, Bil­liat and Du­misa Zuma. What changed all that? Only the Man Above knows! Rhu­lani was right, our coach lacks tac­ti­cal acu­men. Du­misani Cili, via email I don’t know how many CD4 count cells I have to lose be­fore the man­age­ment of Kaizer Chiefs re­alise that pa­thetic Gio­vanni Soli­nas is in­com­pe­tent to lead Amakhosi. Big ap­plause to Patrick Mayo who, in last week’s edi­tion of Soc­cer Lad­uma, had the guts to call a spade a spade, un­like other leg­ends, play­ers and coaches who are al­ways de­fend­ing coaches. How on earth can you ex­pect to win a derby with the same de­fence that let you down against the same op­po­si­tion the pre­vi­ous month? The plan­ning was poor, as al­ways. We needed Ramahlwe Mphahlele, God­frey Walusimbi, Er­ick Mathoho and Teenage Hadebe at the back, with Wil­lard Kat­sande, Ge­orge Maluleka, Siphelele Nt­shangase, Hen­drick Ek­stein, Khama Bil­liat in mid, with Leonardo Cas­tro as a lone striker. I would have been sat­is­fied with Vir­gil Vries, Le­bo­gang Manyama, Adri­ano An­dri­a­na­ri­manana, Siyabonga Ngezana, Gus­tavo Paez, Du­misani Zuma and Ryan Moon on the bench. In der­bies, you need more at­tack­ing op­tions on the bench. Mbon­geni Ngo­mane, Nel­spruit To be hon­est, los­ing to Or­lando Pi­rates twice in a row is un­ac­cept­able. It is in­deed a bit­ter pill to swal­low, but mov­ing on is the only thing to do at this stage. As for the coach is­sue, we can

leave that to the man­age­ment to deal with. Phumzile DVD Ng­wane, Thokoza They say light­ing doesn’t strike the same place twice, but what hap­pened this week­end left me puz­zled and speech­less at the same time. Mr Gio­vanni Soli­nas, my ad­vice to you is to just re­sign be­cause the only cup com­pe­ti­tion that is left is the Ned­bank Cup. For­get about the league. Matla Thabo Steve Con­grat­u­la­tions to Amab­hakaniya for their fan­tas­tic and in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance against Amakhosi last week­end. As Kaizer Chiefs, we need to do some­thing be­fore it’s too late. Where are those Chiefs play­ers who showed pride for be­ing as­so­ci­ated with the club? Ma­te­rial-wise, we only need to bol­ster in two po­si­tions. Firstly, our back­line is not strong enough to de­fend. Se­condly, we need a hun­gry striker in our camp. I need to see a dif­fer­ence in that team be­fore I cross the floor to an­other team. Tsenene Isaac, Mother­well, PE I’m so dis­ap­pointed in Kaizer Chiefs play­ers. They are not se­ri­ous and we are go­ing nowhere. How can we lose the derby three times in a row in the same cal­en­dar year? I don’t see us win­ning any­thing any­time soon. Now we are a laugh­ing stock to our neigh­bours. I don’t see my team beat­ing Bucs in the near fu­ture if they per­sist with play­ing like cow­ards. Those play­ers don’t de­serve to wear the Chiefs jer­sey. I’m so em­bar­rassed! Nyam­beni Sam­son Khuphani, Tshi­awelo Ext 5 For a Kaizer Chiefs fan, it’s try­ing times. I agree with Itume­leng Khune. They keep on mak­ing school kid er­rors. To wear the Chiefs badge comes with re­spon­si­bil­ity and pride but are the play­ers qual­ity? This is not ac­cept­able at all. Our de­fence is in ICU. Even the coach seems bereft of ideas. I have no words! I write this let­ter in de­spair and dis­ap­point­ment. Judg­ing by the sta­tus quo, Chiefs are go­ing nowhere. Phindile Jonga, East Lon­don, West­bank The game was tight. Both teams ap­plied tac­ti­cal aware­ness, but the best team won. Gio­vanni Soli­nas felt it was painful. His cap­tain, Itume­leng Khune, at­trib­uted the loss to school­boy er­rors. I thought Kaizer Chiefs would have learnt from how they lost the first derby. Khune feels that Chiefs’ badge is heavy for some play­ers. I’m glad that he never men­tioned the coach and in­stead pointed a fin­ger at the play­ers. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Or­lando Pi­rates. Terah Maqepula, Mount Fletcher As a Kaizer Chiefs fan, my long-stand­ing pre­dic­tion of doom and gloom is still vin­di­cated. Un­for­tu­nately, we don’t have a Chippa Mpen­gesi but the fast-asleep Mo­taungs who will let the de­struc­tive Ital­ian job con­tinue un­abated. Who is this Mario Booysen? Prob­a­bly a Buc­ca­neer with a hid­den agenda. We wit­nessed Chiefs, a so-called big team, giv­ing all the re­spect to Or­lando Pi­rates by sit­ting back and play­ing a use­less counter-at­tack­ing game. We wit­nessed al­most ev­ery loose ball be­ing won by Pi­rates while the Chiefs pas­sen­gers played spec­ta­tor. Let them do what they want. I have never wit­nessed such medi­ocrity and use­less­ness. A hat-trick of derby losses. Ig­no­min­ious, to say the least! Bait Mal­imela, Ntuzuma Town­ship The man­ner in which we lost to Or­lando Pi­rates is un­called for! The first mis­take we made was to sit deep and al­low them to come at us. It can never be a coach’s fault if play­ers don’t want to take re­spon­si­bil­ity. We should have gone all out in at­tack to win the game. All is not well at our Vil­lage. We cried about Steve Kom­phela, so should we also say it’s Soli­nas’ fault? It can’t be! The play­ers must rise. Tshepo Modike, Free­dom Park The start­ing line-up against Or­lando Pi­rates was good, but there are a few play­ers that I think are not Kaizer Chiefs ma­te­rial. Du­misani Zuma is harm­less. The coach should give Ka­belo Mahlasela a chance to start the game, with Er­ick Mathoho and Siyabonga Ngezana at cen­tre-back. Loyiso Theophilus Mqoqi, Nyanga Go­ing to the derby, on pa­per Bucs were favourites to win, but come on, good peo­ple, Pi­rates were given that game on a sil­ver plat­ter. What is that Mario Booysen still do­ing in our start­ing line-up? I have said it be­fore that he is not Kaizer Chiefs ma­te­rial. The costly mis­takes made by our de­fence, ab­so­lutely un­der no pres­sure, are sui­ci­dal, and Mario seems to be at the cen­tre of them. Er­ick ‘Tower’ Mathoho is rot­ting on the bench with his vast ex­pe­ri­ence. Our tech­ni­cal team is just clue­less and there is no hope. It’s a fam­ily busi­ness, hence we are in this mess. Siyabonga Nkalam­bela, Delft Firstly, we com­plained about the un­der­per­form­ing Daniel Car­doso so much un­til our stub­born and clue­less coach was forced to drop him and now it is the tall-for-noth­ing Mario Booysen. In our first game against Bucs, they scored a win­ning goal from his baby clear­ance and he did it again over the week­end when he mist­imed the ball. Our cen­tral pair­ing is our Achilles heel this sea­son, while we have Er­ick Mathoho on the bench. We can all see the coach does not value him af­ter some poor dis­play, but must he be pun­ished eter­nally while we lose games like these? Nowa­days, our op­po­nents just wait for yet an­other de­fen­sive blun­der be­fore pounc­ing. Even poor Steve Kom­phela did not lose twice in a row to Bucs and our last 11 games against them do not in­spire any con­fi­dence. Du­misani Zuma has also been play­ing badly for a long time, but he is yet to start on the bench. Ka­belo Mahlasela should be given a chance. Con­grats to Bucs and the crit­ics can never speak of a dull derby af­ter the last three games lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions, with goals ga­lore. Amos Tshukudu, Ga Maria Last I checked, Ramahlwe Mphahlele was or still is an in­ter­na­tional player with lots of ex­pe­ri­ence. But his form of late makes me won­der if he is as good as we thought he is. He was in­volved in the first goal with my home­town boy (Them­binkosi Lorch) run­ning in front of him and con­vert­ing freely. As if to add in­sult to in­jury, he stood still and ad-

mired Justin Shonga in­stead of mark­ing him. I mean, how can Shonga miss a bi­cy­cle kick, man­age to pick him­self up and score in front of Rama? Lehlo­honolo ‘Pane’ Me­lato, Ficks­burg Gio­vanni Soli­nas has failed Amakhosi sup­port­ers once again with his di­lap­i­dated schemes. Where is Er­ick Mathoho, Teenage Hadebe and Daniel Car­doso? Mario Booysen is er­ror-rid­den at the back. He even caused both goals to hap­pen and also made the same mis­takes like last time out. Se­te­nane Thulo, via email What a great game! That was real South African soc­cer cream on dis­play and it’s safe to con­clude that we will no longer be sub­jected to dull der­bies. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the mighty Bucs for prov­ing that their win in the league was no fluke. The Or­lando Pi­rates play­ers play like well-oiled ma­chines and their un­der­stand­ing is world-class. This Pi­rates team re­ally means busi­ness and they de­serve sil­ver­ware. Ev­ery player comes in and fits into the sys­tem like a hand in a glove. It seems like this is their sea­son. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the tech­ni­cal team for do­ing a great job. Shapa, Buc­ca­neer, shapa! Isaac Mad­ing­wane, Riba Cross, Lepak­eng

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