Kaizer Chiefs superfan, Saddam Maake has spoken of the new signings that were made in the first transfer window. Giving a pretty good assessment of the progress of these individuals and emphasising that Chiefs needs players that are prepared to take a red card on behalf of the team. The man who created the “Vuvuzela” says that being a Kaizer Chiefs supporter is a blessing.
Yusuf Maart & Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana
“We are happy with Yusuf Maart and Caleb. It’s very unlucky that Caleb got an injury before the world cup break,” Saddam Maake told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
“I hope he’s okay, because it would have been interesting to see what he would have done against Pirates. I think he is a good striker, potentially a very good one. We’ve now also got someone who can take penalties too. We’ve got Solomons and Dolly, but we need another person, and he is it.
“Yusuf Maart is a good one as well, one hundred percent. You remember the game against Richards Bay, he saved us a lot when we won one nil. He got a red card because he is a man, he wants to die on the field of play. Richards Bay was about to score, and he sacrificed himself for the team by fouling their player when he was about to score. He took a red card for the team, which shows the type of man he is. We need players that will take a red card for the team”
Maake adds that Kaizer Chiefs is a big team and a big brand not only here but overseas too. He has been to 17 countries, including 11 in Africa and six overseas because of the Amakhosi and SAFA.
Zitha Kwinika, Edmilson Dove & Dillan Solomons
“The fans love Kwinika and Dove. Dove is a good for us on the left side. He is doing a good job especially when you consider that he hasn’t been with the team that long and he has clicked with the team straight away,” continued Maake.
“Kwinika brings the height, and the strength. Plus, he is a good communicator, just like our goalkeeper Khune. We need communicators at the back. We love him because he does the job. Both Kwinika and Dove were good signings for me. I also like Solomons. Especially because he is so confident. You can see it with the way he takes penalties. He steps up for the job even though he is a new player.”
The Chiefs Superfan admits that he was first a Moroka Swallows supporter before he crossed the floor after having a talk with his father about his decision because he had heard about this new team. This led to his father kicking him out of the house, and him moving to Alexandra in the early 70’s. That’s what you can fan sacrifice!
Ashley Du Preez & Siyethemba Sithebe
“About Du Preez, we had a meeting with the branches and Branch Chairman, to address that he misses chances. We know that when he played, he missed two goals when he was one on one with the goalkeepers,” added Saddam Maake.
“But when we played Pirates, he scored when he was one versus one, meaning he improved so we understand. That is why we said let’s give him time, and we sent that message to the Branch Chairman in this FIFA break, so that they can address all the players. With Sithebe, we know he didn’t play for a long time while at AmaZulu. Because he was not playing, he needs to get match fit, to bring his form back. Both are good, so let’s give them time.
“Sithebe mustn’t put too much pressure on himself because he is wearing the number six jersey. Because he looks like “Yeye”, he must work extra hard to create his own legacy. He must not say because I’m wearing number six. I must do it like Letsholonyane. He must play his own soccer and we’ll support him.”