David Nyathi: Kaizer Chiefs are still in transition

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The former Amakhosi defender believes that it's too early to judge Giovanni Solinas' leadership qualities

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender David Nyathi believes it is too early to judge Amakhosi following their MTN8 exit on Saturday night.

The 1996 African Cup of Nations winner with Bafana Bafana believes the club is going through a transitional phase and coach Giovanni Solinas is yet to show his leadership qualities.

“Yes they lost the MTN8 Cup, but I don't think it's pressure for Chiefs to win trophies, but it's just a transition they are experiencing after three years of Steve's (Komphela) leadership, there is a new coach he is trying a new things there,” Nyathi told Goal.

“I think it is too early to judge and say the players such as Godfrey Walusimbi are not doing well or not, they still have to adapt if that is to be considered,” he added.

“Obviously there is pressure to deal with of being a Chiefs player and it's early to say what we think about the coach himself,” said the former defender.

“We can't say much about his leadership because Steve has left a lot of uncertainty and frustration,” noted the legend.

“I think the coach's qualities will come through and he will show what he is capable of and the real Chiefs will start to show as the season progresses,” reacted the former Orlando Pirates player.


The Bushbuckridge-born legend also expressed that the Glamour Boys' faithful should remain patient because the club will eventually challenge for trophies.

“Yeah look, sometimes you go through a phase and it can take a bit of time, but it is unusual for Chiefs to go three seasons without lifting a trophy,” continued the former left back.

“They are one of the top teams in Africa, their legacy resonates around the world and there are expectations, but I am sure the chairman (Kaizer Motaung) is someone who is passionate and demanding to see the best from the team,” said the 49-year-old.

“I am sure they will get better and challenge for some trophies – the supporters must practice some patience,” concluded Nyathi.