The Nedbank Cup appears to be the only trophy Kaizer Chiefs can still win this season, but former defender Patrick Mayo believes the Soweto giants will let it slip through their fingers.
Under coach Steve Komphela’s reign, the Naturena-based side has reached two cup finals which came in the 50-year-old's first season, but they still could win either of them.
Chiefs first met Ajax Cape Town in the 2015/16 MTN8 Cup final and succumbed to a Nathan Paulse penalty goal as they lost 1-0.
Following that disappointing defeat at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, they reached the Telkom Knockout Cup final, but failed to come to the party and lost 3-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Furthermore, Chiefs have failed on several occasions to keep up with the chasing pack in the race for league honours, and they will now look to fight with everything they have to win the Nedbank Cup.
Separating them from a place in the semi-finals is Baroka FC whom they are set to meet in Port Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon.
According to Mayo, Komphela’s men will beat Baroka, but will not lift the Ke Yona trophy.
The former Mthatha Bucks striker feels that even if they can win the trophy, that will not guarantee a contract extension for Komphela.
“I think it will not be an easy game against Baroka because of the history between the clubs in the competition,” Mayo told Goal.
"Having said that, I think they will beat Baroka and will be able to reach the semi-finals, that will raise their hopes of winning a trophy," said the former defender.
“However, I do not see them winning the competition because of the teams that are still there, the semi-finals will be tough,” he added.
To many, Komphela must win the Ke Yona trophy if he is to show the Amakhosi hierarchy that he deserves a contract extension.
Nevertheless, Mayo doesn't share the same sentiment, saying Komphela has no chance of getting a new contract at the club even if he were to win the Nedbank Cup.
“I do not think he will get a new contract even if he can go on and lift the Nedbank Cup trophy. He has been given enough time to deliver," continued the 44-year-old.
“He has failed and in my view, the club is too big for him. He is a great coach, but not for a club like Chiefs," explained Mayo.
“I think they do not want release him out of his contract because there are contractual obligations involved such as paying him out and so on – but they will wait to see his contract run until the end," added Mayo.
“You see, a good coach is judged by winning the league and he has not won it. So, it doesn’t count to play for 20 years and expect one to become a coach without winning trophies like the league," reasoned the former Bucks player.
“Winning a trophy like Nedbank or Telkom is not a big as winning the league. You see they are also out of the race because of the draws against Bloemfontein Celtic and AmaZulu. For me, they are out of the race for the league,” concluded Mayo.