Recently, a division has opened up within the Kaizer Chiefs’ fan base as the tenure under Arthur Zwane matures. Chiefs superfan Saddam Maake has hit back by saying that Anti-Mangethe supporters are haters.
The team has recently won two games on the trot by beating Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates 1-0 and Richards Bay by the same scoreline, and backed that up with a scrappy 2-1 win over DStv Premiership-promotion hopefuls Casric Stars in the Nedbank Cup.
However the performances as a whole have been very inconsistent despite the positive run of results.
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We spoke exclusively to Maake as he is another loyal Chiefs superfan, who has shut down the divide and given his outlook of the current state of affairs at Naturena.
“This is a game of emotions, the supporters can change their minds at any time,” Sadaam Maake told ThisIsFootball.Africa
“One moment they are shouting at you and the next they are singing your name.
“These Anti-Mangethe supporters are haters of Arthur Zwane. They want him to do the right thing but you can’t do the right thing if the supporters don’t back him.”
A massive institution like Kaizer Chiefs cannot only rely on results as its identity is linked to entertainment as well, which the fans will demand as soon as the next loss occurs. At times the game against Casric was a hard watch but Maake feels different.
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“They have won games back to back, beating Richards Bay, Orlando Pirates and now we are into the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup. Some of the supporters are starting to see that he is doing good, so they need our support,” the Amakhosi supporter continued.
“The game was okay , Chiefs played as a team, there was commitment and we got the result. The coaches’ replacements were good, we created a lot of chances and we missed a lot too. Also our man of the match Mduduzi Shabalala, he missed a sitter but there was a lot of promise. Caleb too was doing well until he got an injury, the substitute Du Preez came on and made a difference too, got the winner.”