Despite Kaizer Chiefs beating Richards Bay 1-0 courtesy of a good performance by Siyabonga Ngezana, they still have problems in front of goal.
In an exclusive interview with Thisisfootball.Africa, former Amakhosi coach Farouk Khan has alluded to the fact that Chiefs are not where a club of their calibre should be.
“They are grinding out results at the moment. Not vintage Chiefs football though, especially against 10 men for the past few games. If one has to be positive, I suppose you can say they are building. They, however, need to be careful not to take long to build this new philosophy, as Chiefs are a team that demands success playing attractive football,” Khan told Thisisfootball.Africa.
“We have seen them missing out on the league in the last game of the season under Middendorp and firing him. There seems to be a lot of work ahead of Arthur [Zwane] and his technical team as the team lacks cohesion and consistency for over 90 minutes. They play well in moments and patches. Dolly is trying to lead by example and the players are giving their best. Let’s just wait and see how the team performs moving forward.”
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Richards Bay played with 10 men for most of the game, and Chiefs could not capitalize on that opportunity. Amakhosi played off the back foot as opposed to playing on the front foot and that could have proven costly.
“It’s difficult to give solutions if one is not aware of what is happening at training and during the week’s preparation leading up to the game. However, they must improve the players they have signed and make sure they play the Chiefs way. Also, identify their best 18 players and have them play regularly. Look to prepare their academy players better so that they can add quality depth in the first team. Their best young player is Shabalala, and he only spent a short period in their MDC team. Their academy players should spend a minimum of seven to eight years in their academy.”
This is how current Amakhosi coach Zwane has reacted to their latest performance, after receiving criticism that his team is not ruthless. Kaizer Chiefs scored one goal from 17 goal attempts and only managed eight shots on target. They won six corners and enjoyed 54 percent of possession. So, what went wrong in the game?
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“I think we started very well, we scored a goal and the minute we scored a goal we slowed down the tempo and from the touchline we were trying to send the message across that they should put them (Richards Bay) under pressure and get the second goal and we did actually, we created about two or three clear cut chances. However, we did not put them (Richards Bay) under pressure,” Zwane told the media after the game on Saturday.
“And then they got a red card, and we took the foot off the pedal immediately. We could have capitalized on that, and I told them at half-time, and I said these are the chances we should be scoring three, four or five goals in one game. When was the last time we scored that number of goals? The second half went back to being laid back and giving them chances. It was a worrying fact because anything could have happened.”