Kaizer Chiefs Football Club is known to be one of the best teams in South African football. The team has proved to be a “cup specialist” according to history. They have won the most number of trophies more than any team in South Africa. The team is yet to prove to the African continent that they are one of the best teams in the continent. Although the team has previously won the CAF Mandela Cup which is now known as the CAF Confederations Cup, they have not showed up accordingly when facing the continent’s best teams in the Champions League. The team is yet to reach the Semifinals of the CAF Champions League. Let us discus Chiefs’ strengths and weaknesses.
Chiefs’ strengths are in their goalkeepers, left and right back defenders and their defensive midfield position. Their goalkeeping department has the best goalkeepers in South Africa’s number one Itumeleng Khune and Brilliant khuzwayo. The 2 goalkeepers are much the same when it comes to saves and dealing with crosses and set pieces. Chiefs’ goalkeepers have been nominated “man of the match” on countless occasions.
The defense is very good when moving forward and adding midfielders. Their left and right backs are very good when in transition. In central defense, Chiefs have Eric Mathoho who is capable of dealing with anything that comes his way and he has also scored vital goals for the team during set pieces.
In central/defensive midfield, the team has Willard Katsande who is a hard worker and he helps the team in defense. Katsande has also scored a few goals to help the team win official games.
Chiefs’ weaknesses are their midfielders and strikers. The midfielders did not prove to help the team in situations where they were needed the most for the previous seasons. The midfielders tend to lose possession easily and they did not combine well. The midfield problem at Kaizer chiefs was caused by the chop and changing of the first eleven and the inconsistency of the midfielders who were given a chance to play. In general the whole team has not played according to the standard known for Chiefs’ caliber.
Looking at the books, one would believe that the likes of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Lucky Baloyi, George Maluleke, Hendrik Ekstein, William Twala, and George Lebese, would provide any team with the balance needed in the PSL. These midfielders failed to implement the instructions from Steve Komphela, their coach. They seemed lost in most of their official games and the worst part they were putting their defense under a lot of pressure.
In the striking force, the strikers never showed their supporters their scoring abilities. They failed to score goals and most of Chiefs’ goals came from the midfielders and defenders.
Solution to their weaknesses
Kaizer Chiefs have signed released a lot of players and signed new talent. In the defense, Moleko has been given the opportunity to replace the inconsistent Siboniso Gaxa. They have also added one of the best defenders in the country, Ramahlwe Mphahlele from Mamelodi Sundowns. The signing of Mphahlele will definitely help in central defense where Eric Mathoho was under a lot of pressure. In the left back position they have added Sibusiso Khumalo from Supersport United who is also a midfielder.
In midfield, the team has added Edmore Chirambadare, Enock Mkhabela, and Keagan Buchanan. These players have proved to be deadly when they managed to outclass Orlando Pirates midfield for the first time in about 5 seasons. The new players are hungry and showing determination it is up to them to prove to football fans that they will be able to do the same throughout the new season and help the team clinch some trophies including the main marathon which is the Premier Soccer League Championship.
In the striking force where they never had enough goals last season, the team has managed to acquire the services of Lewis Macha, Michelle Katsvairo, and promoted Emmanuel Letlolo from their development side. Macha has scored on his debut against Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label Cup. We are hoping to see more goals from these strikers in the new PSL season.