Kaizer Chiefs are facing criticism after a disappointing result against TS Galaxy. Manager Arthur Zwane is under scrutiny, as the team’s underwhelming performance in the PSL has placed them in 5th place, a position that is unacceptable for a club of their size. Fans are entitled to better results, and while teams and players can experience rough patches, the minimum expectation is that they show effort and fight for the badge. This raises the question of whether the players are physically fit enough and mentally committed.
One player who is attracting attention is Keegan Dolly, who earns a reputedly eye-watering R1.3 million per month and is the highest-paid player in the league. However, his lack of hunger, fight and willingness to perform the less glamorous aspects of the game is causing concern for Zwane. When a high earning superstar like Dolly is underperforming, it can often cause division and even rifts in the dressing room especially when most of the players earn way less. The statistics speak for themselves, with Dolly having only 0.20 goals and 0.20 assists per 90 minutes in the PSL, compared to the impressive 0.87 goals and 0.37 assists per 90 of Cassius Mailula.
The continued selection of Dolly, who is not delivering results, is potentially upsetting the morale of other players in the dressing room. This is not an attempt to target Dolly, but rather to highlight his potential. On his day, he is a fantastic player with similarities to Argentine great Riquelme. Just like Riquelme, Dolly has the ability to wow crowds with his skills, as evidenced by his previous success at Ajax Cape Town, Sundowns, Bafana Bafana, and Montpellier.
Arthur Zwane faces a critical decision in his managerial career. Again according to reports Zwane is the highest-paid manager in the PSL, earning a reported R800k per month, he must find a solution to the problem. He could drop Dolly, change the system to incorporate him better, or give him a more of a free role as a no.10. Dropping the superstar may be a brave and wise decision, as poor results are already affecting Chiefs, and a win streak thereafter would increase Zwane’s leverage and earn the respect of the players.
Maybe what Dolly needs is a reminder that nobody is bigger than the club. This tough love could motivate him to work harder and come back stronger. If Zwane is brave enough to make this decision, it will benefit not only himself, but also Dolly and most importantly, Kaizer Chiefs and their fans. This could help to resolve the ongoing headache for Zwane.
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