Sum­mary

Soccer Laduma - - Make Your Point -

This ap­point­ment car­ries both risk for the Chiefs hi­er­ar­chy in that the fans could quickly turn on the coach if re­sults are bad, and some re­sem­blance of Mid­den­dorp be­ing a safe pair of hands. Tech­ni­cally, he is an in­no­va­tive, adapt­able and for­ward-think­ing coach, al­ways look­ing to make ad­just­ments of for­ma­tion or play­ers’ po­si­tions to get an edge. His re­cent spells also saw some play­ers de­velop in­di­vid­u­ally and at­tract the in­ter­est of big­ger clubs – Zulu, Zuma, Buchanan, Morena, Mo­homi, Japhta and Cha­bal­ala be­ing a few ex­am­ples. The coach has a pretty strong squad on pa­per, al­beit with sev­eral key men age­ing fast. Go­ing on the ev­i­dence of his first game, and his most re­cent jobs in the PSL, he will get the side to look far more com­pact, play­ing good foot­ball in pos­ses­sion, and be­ing deadly on the counter-at­tack es­pe­cially. The de­fend­ers, who have been writ­ten off as er­ror-rid­den, bar­gain base­ment sign­ings, could sud­denly look like strong and re­li­able per­form­ers with a dis­ci­plined, nar­row mid­field struc­ture to pro­tect them. That was cer­tainly the case in his first game at the helm. For Ernst to be con­sid­ered a suc­cess this sea­son at Chiefs, no fair-minded per­son can ex­pect the ti­tle to be de­liv­ered from this po­si­tion, or de­mand that he wins one of the two re­main­ing tro­phies up for grabs af­ter such a long drought. If he can im­prove the side though, re­fresh­ing some of the ar­eas where the team has old legs, im­ple­ment a bet­ter de­fen­sive and at­tack­ing game plan, and help Chiefs to fin­ish in the top three or four places, he will have done a good job un­der the cir­cum­stances this sea­son. The big ques­tion is, will the tro­phy-starved Chiefs fans have the pa­tience to wait for suc­cess?

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